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Spotlight: The Heir by Lynne Stringer

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Sarah hates the prestigious high school she attends. Most of the other students ignore her. The only good thing about school is the presence of Dan Bradfield, the boy she adores. Dan is the heir to his father’s multinational computer company, but he is dating Sarah’s best friend, Jillian. When tragedy strikes, Dan is the one who is there for Sarah, but she can’t shake the feeling there is something strange about him. Is he protecting her from something? Is there something going on that she doesn’t know about? And did she really see a monster in the bushes? Sarah is desperate to uncover the truth, but it could take her to another galaxy, and change everything she believes about who she is. Will it bring Dan and Sarah closer together or tear them apart? The Heir is the first book in the Verindon Trilogy.

Current Reviews:
I really enjoyed The Heir. It was well-plotted with good foreshadowing (but without making it obvious), good characters, and an ending that was both satisfying in the way it completed the current story, but left me wanting more. And unlike many current YA novels, it’s clean. – Iola (Amazon)

I can’t say enough good things about it! It was intriguing and fast paced. The first page had me hooked. I couldn’t put the book down, and I can’t wait for the next one! – Elizabeth McKinney (Amazon)

It made me shed tears and smile and that’s the awesome part about a good book. It took me 5 hours to read it because I couldn’t put it down and I’m going to reread it today 🙂 – Schuller (Amazon)

Author Interview:
1. What made you decide to start writing?
I started writing stories when I was eight years old. Back then, they weren’t too long but I was intrigued by the idea of telling stories like the ones in the books I loved. When I was a teenager I bought a typewriter and started novelizing movies and episodes of TV shows for the fun of it. This furthered my love for it and later developed into writing full-length, original novels. My time as a journalist also honed my writing skills.

2. What is your favorite genre to write about and why?
I like the young adult genre because there’s something intriguing about that stage in a person’s life. I tend to mix it, though, with science fiction or fantasy because I like things that get away from our every day world. Sprinkle that with a dash of romance, and I couldn’t be happier!

3. What books do you like to read and why?
Mostly YA, science fiction or fantasy but also some historical novels. I always like a book to have a bit of romance too.

4. What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by the stories other people tell, whether it’s orally, in books, movies or TV shows. I love stories in any form.

5. Favorites: your favorite food, color, activity, place?
My favorite food would have to be chocolate. Blue is my favorite color, and I also enjoy going for walks with my family, reading (surprise, surprise!) and I love going to the mountains or the beach.

6. What would you like your readers to remember about you?
I’d like them to remember me for the interesting characters I created and that those characters made them think.

7. If you could give me one piece of advice, what would it be?
If you’re a writer, then I’d advise you to keep writing. The more you write the better you’ll become. Also, listen to your professional editor. Also, don’t give up. If you’re a reader I’d advise you to leave reviews on the books you love at as many sites as you can. Nothing delights an author more than hearing that someone loves their book. It’s also the best form of advertising a writer can get.

Where you can find Lynne:

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The Good, The Bad And…The Hysterical?

Henrietta was having a trying day, to say the least. Her day started when her alarm clock went off….30 minutes late!

“Oh, dear Lord!” She jumped out of bed, her heart racing as she rifled through her closet, grabbing the first thing she could find. Throwing it on, she jumped into a pair of black pumps. (They do go with anything, right?)

Racing out to the kitchen, she fumbled with the coffee maker and spilled water all over the floor.

I don’t have time for this! Forget the coffee! I’ll get some at the office!

She grabbed her purse and her briefcase and ran out to the garage.  Jumping in her car, she peeled out of the driveway after barely escaping ripping the garage door off the hinges.  Without thinking, she shut the garage door and flew down the street fifteen miles over the speed limit.

If I’m late again, my boss is going to have my head!

She drove onto the on ramp and floored it on the highway.  Soon she heard a siren and saw flashing red and blue lights in her rear view mirror.

Oh my God, you have got to be kidding me!  Now I’m going to be at least a half hour late!

She pulled to the side of the highway and watched the patrol officer walk to her car.

“Driver’s license and registration,”  he said flatly.  “Do you know how fast you were going?”  He looked inside the car and then stared at her sarcastically.

“Uh..I..ah…not really, sir,”  she stammered.

Oh my God.  My boss is going to kill me.

“Well, you were going twenty miles over the speed limit, ma’am.  Any excuse as to why this happened?”  The officer stated in a monotone.

“I’m late for work…”  Henrietta began.

“Well, ma’am, I hardly think that being late for work is an exceptional reason for putting your life and the lives of others at risk,”  the office stated, his face expressionless.

“Yes, sir.  Sorry…sir,”  Henrietta babbled, tears pricking at her eyes.  She handed him her license and registration.

“I will be a moment,”  the officer told her as he walked back to his car.

All because my alarm went off late.  Oh, God.  I hope I don’t lose my license.  Then I’ll get it for driving with a revoked license!  

She nervously glanced back at the squad car.  Finally, the officer got out and walked back over to her.

“Being late to work is no reason to put lives in danger.  At any rate, I’ve decided to only cite you for speeding ten miles per hour over the speed limit.  Here is your ticket.  If you wish to fight it, go to the scheduled hearing on the top of the ticket.  Otherwise, send in your fine before the court date or you may have a warrant out for your arrest.”  He stared at her.  “Any questions?”

“No, sir, thanks…”

“Very well.  Have a good day, ma’am,”  he said flatly.

He walked back to his car and she took off…going the speed limit.  She glanced at the ticket.

Two hundred fifty dollars?  Is he out of his freakin’ mind?

Tears stung at her eyes again.

I should just call in sick.  If this is any indication of how this day is going to go, I don’t want to go to work anyway.

Realizing she had to pay a two hundred and fifty dollar ticket, she decided to bite the bullet and show up to work late.

What’s the worst that could happen?

She drove to work…going the speed limit…and when she got there, her boss called her into his office.

“Henrietta, this is the third time this month that you’ve shown up late.  Any excuse this time?”

“Yes, sir.  I got pulled over by a cop.  And I got a ticket.”

“For what?”  he said sarcastically.

“For speeding, sir,”  she droned, feeling like a two year old that had just spilled grape juice on a white carpet.

“Hmmm.  For speeding,”  her boss nodded.  “Alright.  Well, I’m writing you up for being late again.”

“But sir…”

“Henrietta, you are over an hour late.  Apparently you were late before you even got pulled over.  How far away do you live?  Twenty minutes?”  He stated dryly.


“Okay then.  Don’t let it happen again.  If you get written up one more time you’ll be fired.”  He opened his desk.

She stared at him.

“Is there something else, Henrietta?”  he looked over at her.

“No, sir.  Nothing.”  She turned and walked out of his office.

She made her way to her office…a small room at the end of the hall.  She stepped inside, shut the door and went to her chair and collapsed into it.  She stretched back and took a deep breath of air.

 Okay.  Now things are going to calm down.  This will end up being a good day.

“Miss Wilkins?”  the secretary spoke on the intercom.  “Call.  Line four.”

“Put it through.”

She picked up the phone.  “What the Hell is going on with your stupid company?  I spoke to a guy down in customer service and got transferred three times and then I got disconnected and I had to call back.  I don’t even know who the Hell you are but I need to get this situation taken care of….”

Henrietta set the phone down on her desk and started to laugh hysterically.  Tears flowed down her cheeks because she began to laugh so hard.

When it rains it pours!  Thank you Jesus for giving me a sense of humor!  At least I still have it!  Don’t ever let me lose it, either!

After a few moments, she picked the phone back up.  The other end was quiet.  A few seconds later, she heard the same irritated voice.  “Hello?  Are you there?’

Sighing deeply, she answered.  “Yes.”  A fit of hysterics threatened to hit again as the person on the other end of the line started screaming.

“Yup.  That’s the stuff of life,”  she thought to herself.  The good, the bad and …the hysterical!

She set the phone down again as another laughing fit took her by storm.

Review of Demon’s Ink by Kimbra Kasch

Product Details

Demon’s Ink is an interesting tale about supernatural encounters and spiritual ramifications. The reader journeys down corridors of religious implications as he/she joins with the main characters of this book..

If you enjoy paranormal writing, you’ll enjoy Demon’s Ink. The story line is suitably gripping and is deserving of a 4 star rating. The only reason why I rated it 3 stars is because there are some formatting issues which need to be addressed. However, the plot is well constructed and the characters are easy to believe and identify with.

Further interest is generated into the story by the author’s use of biblical quotes and symbols making Demon’s Ink suitably compelling and thought provoking. A great read for the upcoming season of Halloween!

Interview with Kimbra:

1.      What prompted you to write this book?

I loved Stephen King’s Needful Things and the idea of a Demon taking up shop in town, where people buy needless objects that end up costing them more than their lives. And with so many people getting tattoos nowadays. . . I thought I could put a new twist on an old tale.

2.      What is your favorite genre to write?

Romance is the easiest for me to write but I love to read horror. But then maybe romance and horror go hand-in-hand ;D

 3.      What are your favorites:  

Color:   Blue

Food:   Could I say coffee…? No. That’s not a food. So, I’ll say chocolate.

Activity:   Reading/writing and maybe running.

Place:   Portland, Oregon

4.      What would you like your readers to know about you?

I grew up in a family with 9 kids and 1 t.v. so I spent my afternoons reading. Maybe not having much when I was growing up, brought me more as a grownup.

5.      Do you have any works in progress?


6.      What are they?

I just sold a romantic thriller to Clean Reads and now I’m working on a historical horror. 

7.      If you could give one piece of advice about life to your readers, what would it be?

Set goals in life and then don’t let anything get in your way…not even yourself.

You can find Kimbra here:


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Kimbra’s books are available at:

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If Only Things Had Been Different

He sat in the back of the room.  There were people shuffling about around him but he sat in his seat quietly ignoring them.

If only things had been different.

He remembered being in a boat with his dad.  He sat quietly, his fishing rod in the water.

 I wish a fish would bite.  

The water lapped peacefully around the boat.  His father sat at the other end, a cap covering his head.

“You have to be quiet.  Otherwise you’ll scare the fish away,”  his father had told him before they left.

So he stayed very quiet.  And his father didn’t talk.  Not when they were fishing or any other time either.

He stared at the other boats dotted around the lake.

 I wonder if they sit in silence too.

Of the handful of times that he’d been fishing with his dad, he had only caught a small number of fish.

Does it really matter if you talk?  It doesn’t seem to matter when I’m fishing.

His dad reeled in his line and re cast it out on the water.

Thirty minutes later, his dad looked at him and said,  “We’re not having very good luck.  Do you want to stay here longer or should we go?”

“Let’s stay a little longer,”  he said.

 Let’s talk a while.

Another fisherman drove past in his boat.

“Having any luck?”  he yelled.

“No,”  his dad shook his head.

“Try the southern part of the lake.  I just caught a few over there,”  the fisherman said.

“Thanks.  I might,”  dad yelled back as the fisherman continued on his way.

“Do you want to go to the southern part of the lake?”  his dad asked him.

He shrugged.  “If you want to.”

“Let’s just come back another time.  I’m getting sun burnt.”

He looked around the room.  People were talking in hushed tones.  Some were crying.  He stood up and walked to his father’s coffin.

I wish things were different.  I wish we would’ve talked a while. 

A tear slipped down his cheek as he walked over to join his family.

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Review: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton


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Synopsis:  Lacy Dawn is a true daughter of Appalachia , and then some. She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth’s earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. He was sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp (Shop ’till You Drop): he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic enables her to save the universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family.

My Review:

Rarity from the Hollow dives into the trenches of the human condition and explores dark societal issues such as sexual abuse and psychological problems.

While not for the faint of heart, Rarity from the Hollow is peppered with satire to lighten the tone of the story. This story is intended for adult reading as it has frequent reference to sexual situations. However, the author of this book has written with a tone of sarcasm and wit that will appeal to those who have dealt with the “trenches” in society…those who can relate to the hardships of the human condition and accept them for their true nature.

Rarity from the Hollow is well written. The author has truly come to understand and reference many problems found in society. If one reads this book with a semi serious nature, one will come to understand the mindset of those who have suffered greatly from the addressed societal traumas in the storyline. Abuse in the life of those who have suffered almost becomes an accepted, every day way of living. Rarity from the Hollow expounds on this fact.

Rarity from the Hollow was written to help children who have been abused. I commend the author and wish him all the best in his endeavors. His book is interesting with its mix of science fiction, fantasy and satire.

Interview with Robert:

1. What prompted you to write your book?
In the 8th grade, I won the school’s short story contest. “God Sent” was about a semi truck driver so consumed with theological debate that he caused a terrible accident. I began to dream of becoming a rich and famous author. As it often does, life got in the way. I worked and went to school, never finishing any more stories that I’d started, until recently when I incorporated some of those unfinished stories into Rarity from the Hollow.

I recently retired as a children’s psychotherapist for our local mental health center. It was an intensive day program Most of the kids in the program, like myself as a child, had been traumatized, some having experienced extreme sexual abuse. One day at work in 2006 it all clicked together and the Lacy Dawn Adventures project was born – an empowered female protagonist beating the evil forces that victimize and exploit others to get anything and everything that they want. Rarity from the Hollow is the first full-length adventure in a prospective series.

While my protagonist is a composite character based on real-life kids that I’ve met over the years while working in children’s services, one little girl was especially inspiring. Her name is Lacy Dawn. Rather than focusing on her victimization, she spoke of dreams – finding a loving family that respected her physically and spiritually. She inspired me to make my own dream come true — to write fiction — and I haven’t stopped writing since I first met her that day during a group therapy session. That little girl, unknowingly, prompted me to write Rarity from the Hollow.

2. What message do you hope to get across to the reader?

There are many messages in Rarity from the Hollow, everything that I have ever written and will write. That’s why I think of my writing as social science fiction – that’s what it’s all about. But that doesn’t mean the messages will be interpreted by one reader the same as interpreted by another. I don’t write or want to read anything that is “preachy.” Heck, I don’t even think that religious literature, like the pamphlets that one finds on the floors of public toilet stalls, should be so preachy. I wouldn’t want to touch such content, even if it would have been delivered under more sanitary conditions. I want to write about important issues that one person may think support a particular position but the next reader finds the opposite. I don’t have the answers to the most important questions and challenges that humans face.

The narrative of Rarity from the Hollow addressed social issues: poverty, domestic violence, child maltreatment, local and intergalactic economics, mental health concerns – including PTSD experienced by Veterans and the medicinal use of marijuana for treatment of Bipolar Disorder, Capitalism, and touched on the role of Jesus: “Jesus is everybody’s friend, not just humans.” These messages do not advocate for anything specific. In my opinion, it is critical that such messages be in every piece of literature, even comics and erotica, but each of us have to find truths within our own hearts and minds.

One of my personal truths is that enough is not being done to prevent child abuse / exploitation in the world. Author proceeds from the Lacy Dawn Adventures project, from sales of Rarity from the Hollow, have been donated to Children’s Home Society of West Virginia:

3. What are your favorite things to do in your spare time?

Since I don’t have very much money in the personal budget for recreation, I’m so fortunate that my favorite things to do in my spare time are very cheap. I enjoy writing. I enjoy reading. I read and write in all genres, except extremely technical nonfiction. Every scene that I closed when writing Rarity from the Hollow was a thrill, and, all in all, that adds up to one heck of a lot of fun times that were shared with friends and family.

I enjoy video games, but I try to stay away from them because I’m easily addicted, and I hate that feeling – addiction. I enjoy vegetable gardening, but I never could get into flower gardening, probably because flowers don’t taste good – after all that work, they just wilt. I enjoy a good movie, but it has gotten so expensive that I get bummed out if the movie sucks. “Lacy Dawn Goes to the Movies” was the name of one of the chapters in Rarity from the Hollow. It was a documentary about her role during human evolution toward development of savior attributes, but she really wanted to go to the movies to see her first Harry Potter film, like the other kids at her school were talking about.

In a nutshell, and I could go on, I enjoy life and will be disappointed when mine runs out, unless there is something better on the other side.

4. Do you have any other works in progress?

I always have several works in progress at the same time. Since I’ve recently retired, the difference is that I’ve become productive. Instead of ideas, partially developed and then abandoned because life has always seemed so complicated, I’m reaching closure on a ton of older half-baked stories. A new short story just got rejected by a major science fiction magazine, so I’ve got some work to do on it, especially since I agree that it was prematurely submitted.

Ivy, my next novel, is almost ready for professional editing. I’m holding off, trying to build name recognition before I submit it to the publisher for consideration. My dream with respect to writing fiction is to get to the place where I no longer need to request book reviews, but instead book reviewers ask the publisher for a copy of my work to review. I’m hopeful that I’ll get to that place with Rarity from the Hollow and then have the release of Ivy perfectly timed so that I can concentrate on writing instead of promotions.

5. What would you like your readers to know about you?

The main thing that I want readers to know about me is that I’m giving this writing gig my best shot. I’ve worked very long hours, sometimes with little sleep, to tell people about the existence of Rarity from the Hollow. The actual writing part about being a Writer is a piece of cake. It’s the self-promotion that is a killer.

6. If you could give one piece of advice about life in general, what would it be?

My one piece of advice about life is general is to always do the right thing because in the end, one way or another, I believe that it will always turn out alright. Of course, each of us has to determine in our own hearts what the “right thing” means.

Where you can find Robert:

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It Ran Out In Front Of Me

I was driving home late one night.  There was a light mist across the road and I was lost in thought.  Suddenly, to my left, I saw a streak emerge in the mist and stop about fifty feet in front of my vehicle.  I slammed on my brakes, skidding to a half.  The animal, a deer, stood in the mist in front of me and stared into my headlights.  Then, spooked, it took off like a shot into the darkness on the right.

As the shock of what had happened enveloped me, I realized what had gone through my mind as the deer stopped in front of me.

I’m going to hit that thing.  It’s going to smash up my car.  I hope I don’t get hurt.

Then I remembered a story I had heard about a man who was riding with his fiancee in his car when he hit a deer and it went up over the hood of the car and through the windshield.  It decapitated the man on its way through the back window of the car.

Life is fleeting.  You never know when you’ll take your last breath.

I’m sure that man had no idea he was about to die.  I’m sure his fiancee didn’t know either.  It was just another drive toward home until the fatal crash turned both of their worlds upside down and inside out…and ended one life completely.

What do you think of when you have a “near miss”?  When something unexpected happens and has the potential to change your life permanently?  I know what I think of.  My loved ones.  And whether or not I’m achieving my destined life path.

Through heartache and pain, I’ve learned that those are the only things that really matter. When the subject of life comes down to the “nitty gritty”, what else possibly can be more important than loved ones and accomplishing your destiny?

That’s what I think of when I’m saved from an accident.  Or trauma.  Or the loss of someone dear.  The world goes on with its issues and demands, but most of all of that is pointless.  It is your dear ones and your destiny that will come to haunt you if you fail to really live.  So make a choice to really live, because that’s all that really matters.

Spotlight: Opium Warfare by Justin Bienvenue

~Available September 25!~


It’s 1920. The city of Shanghai has been invaded by the drug trade. The drug trafficking and usage of opium have taken the city by storm. While the looks of the city seem calm, deep within there is a secret and nobody realizes that the small hidden drug world is about to get bigger..much bigger. The underground world that was once hush- hush is now slowly making it’s way to the surface to corrupt the public. However only a few are aware of it, for the rest it shall cause an uproar making some frantic and some in awe. Soon the drug is seen all around the city and it seems that getting one’s hands on it has become a problem so much so that it causes an all out epidemic. One that no one will see coming or seemingly be able to stop..

One of the few people aware of all this is Ryu Tsang, a local dock worker who grew up admiring the city for all it’s glamour. When strange things start happening Ryu takes notice. While at first he brushes off the first few encounters he can’t help but shake the fact that something bigger is unfolding. Shin Shaojin believes the city will be better off embracing such change. He has a vision of Shanghai’s future. One that involves his business to bloom and offer endless possibilities to all that are accepting. Will the city overcome the dark cloud that is the drug trade or will it be taken in and become the change that Shin Shaojin believes it can be?

Interview with Justin:

1. What prompted you to write your current novel?
I had the title picked out and done before anything. For some reason the words Opium Warfare just sounded cool to me and I thought it would make a great title for a book. I would like to say something distinct prompted me to write it but to be honest it was rather random and spontaneous. I knew I wanted to write another novel and since I had a name a unique name so then the brainstorming and story ideas began soon after.
2. What is your favorite genre to write and why?
Poetry and Horror. I enjoy writing Poetry because it really gives me a way to express myself and tell a story in a very different way. I can write my feelings and turn them into something or use my imagination and put it into a rhyme or more diverse way. I enjoy Horror because it’s one of the most popular genres so I know people will enjoy it. There are countless stories and movies of horror and people love to get scared and I enjoy the idea of giving people a reason to be scared.
Also with poetry and horror there are so many inspirations that one can’t help but want to take a crack at writing within the genres.
3. What inspires you?
I take inspiration from everything. I take in what I hear and see around me. My emotions and what I may be feeling at a particular time. Whether I’m outside on a walk or watching television I take things and they bring me inspiration. As I stated above when it comes to a more direct source, poets and authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Rod Serling, those people among more have inspired me. Their works and classics have inspired me to try new genres and new ways of writing.
4. What are your favorites: food, color, activity, place?
Favorite Food: Chicken Parmesan
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Activity: Video and Board Games(though soon to be watching Football)
Favorite Place: Anywhere but cooped up in my house all day
5. What do you hope your readers will remember about you?
My creativeness and wanting to be unique. I like to try and write about things or write in a way that most people don’t. Everyone wants to be themselves and be original but with me I want my writing to stand out and do that for me. For someone to say while he reminds me of so and so his work is truly unique and quite creative.
6. If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
Live it as you wish to live it and live it to the fullest of your being. It seems days go by way too fast at times so make the most of what you can.

Where you can find Justin:

Twitter: @JustinBienvenue

Feeling Alone

I am convinced that feeling alone is one of the hardest things to deal with as a human being. We were created for love and fellowship. When we don’t have those things in a genuine way, it tears at our inner beings. Isolation is a desperate feeling; hopelessness is even worse.

We constantly crave a companion; someone we can bear our heart and soul to who loves us unconditionally. We crave a hug that reaches our pain and takes it away. If we are left alone for too long we even begin to go crazy and imagine things.

I used to wonder why. What is so important about someone who is there and who believes what we say? Why is friendship and compassion so necessary to the human condition?

It’s actually quite simple. Because we were made to need it as a necessity in life. We were created to bond in love and have a purpose for living. We were created to be one with God and His creation.

That is why nature is so soothing. It was created for us. That is why love is so healing. It too was created for us. It is an inherent need woven into the fabric of our hearts; a compelling drive and desire to be accepted.

It is really quite simple. Simply profound. With understanding and discernment, we can achieve our truest and highest calling, which always involves love. Never has hate achieved those purposes. Hate tears apart and brings pain and corruption. Love builds up and brings healing and wholeness…purity too.

Love makes the world a better place. It cares and it shares. It holds goodness and mercy. I wish that for everyone reading this blog. May you find the peace, joy, healing and mercy that only love can bring. Because it is essential to a life well lived.