I began writing Light & Dark during my years as a graduate student at Ball State University under the major of Counseling Psychology. What began as a simple hobby quickly turned into something more as I found a passion for writing. While carrying the schedule of a full-time student as well as working a part-time job, I devoted myself to write at least one page a day. After graduating, I received the opportunity to begin practicing psychology as a counselor at a local private practice. My devotion to my writing did not waver. Working a full time schedule and maintaining a full complement of clients, I maintained my dedication. A year or so later, I completed the rough draft of Light & Dark and began the editing process, and a process it was. Writing this novel has proven to be a dramatic learning experience, and I am sure that I still have much more to learn. I look forward to this opportunity as I continue to grow as a writer and inspire, you the reader, to join me on this journey.
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- Viral Dawn
on Oct. 11, 2012
A zombie novel YA readers can sink their teeth into!!!
Author, Ann Logsdon, has truly created a good read in the short novel, Viral Dawn. Although, nothing new has been introduced into the zombie mythos, Ms. Logsdon has succeeded in merging just about every traditional zombie aspect that I have encountered, either through literature or film. However, this fact does not take away from the reading experience, but instead enhances it. The main character, Casey, is a strong female lead, supported by a well developed cast of characters. Casey finds herself thrust into a world of flesh eating zombies that tend to only come out at night. However, there are a few subtle hints in the story that there is simply more to them than that. Perhaps they are evolving? If you wish to know more, I suggest you read the book.
The work is well written and flows at a nice pace, with a few slow parts that seem to coincide with what Casey is experiencing and feeling. I would have liked a little more action in the story, but it is enough to get you through, connected with bouts of drama and intelligent dialogue. For a zombie novel, the blood and gore are kept to a tasteful level, just right.
The end of the story leaves the reader with a heavy cliff hanger, keeping you wanting more. I would most definitely be interested in experiencing more of the world in which Viral Dawn takes place and would recommend this book to the average young adult reader and older audiences.
- Kaylen's Rising (Tomes of Taria, Book 1)
on April 11, 2013
Kaylen's Rising (Tomes of Taria, Book 1)
By Yves Robichaud
I can easily give this book a solid 4 stars.
Kaylen’s Rising is a welcome new addition that follows a young cave elf through a coming of age story, littered with action, adventure, suspense, and a pinch of romance. During the beginning of the book, I found myself in a similar world to R. A. Salvator’s legendary Drizzt, as the main character Kaylen is a cave elf that too has never seen the world beyond the humble beginnings of a cavern city. However, Kaylen’s rising is not near as dark as the world created by R. A. Salvator, making it a welcome read for younger audiences.
Kaylen’s ability--that of a summoner--first takes on the feeling of him being a necromancer, as he is able to summon only skeletons. I found this concept to be a fresh take on the tired class of necromancers due to them always being evil, for Kaylen is far from evil and is a very likable character. However, as Kaylen’s power grows, it becomes more than apparent that he is capable of summoning much more impressive creatures than mere skeletons.
Kaylen’s Rising reads like playing an enjoyable afternoon of World of Warcraft, as Kaylen and his friends form an adventuring party and venture out to battle various creatures. However, that is only the beginning.
I look forward to delving into the Kaylen’s world again, for the ending leaves the world wide open for the reader and Kaylen to explore further.