Seraphim Press

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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born white trash in a trailer park. Literally. My father ran with the Hell's Angels, and my earliest remembered mode of transportation was on the back of my father's 1938 Harley Davidson knucklehead. My mom died when I was 5 and my father sent to prison, so it was off to relatives who didn't really want us, though we were luckier than some in that we didn't end up in a foster home. My father got out of prison when I was 8 and we were sent to live with him in a ghetto flat at the edge of the housing projects.

People look at me cross-wise when I tell them I know what it is like to be discriminated against, but when you are the only white kid in your class, and the only one who speaks English, you learn to look at things a little bit differently. We used to get beat up as we walked home from school (me and my brother) because we were white. If we told our father, he would laugh at us and tell us to toughen up, so we learned to live with it.

The teacher, who was also white, sent me into the corner to read. I never learned math, or science, or any of the other subjects you learned in school, but when you can read a whole new world opens up for you. I read through the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and anything else I could get my hands on. By the time I was 9, I had read all four books of the Lord of the Rings. I spent the remainder of my childhood in the woods with a bent twig, pretending I was Gandalf smiting the Balrog. I left home at 15, got a job, earned my own way, bounced between relatives and friends, and somehow finished high school, but it wasn't all bad. When you can read, you can teach yourself ANYTHING.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember Run Spot Run from the first grade. I was a voracious reader, but nothing really stands out until I started sneaking into my aunts Nursing manuals to look at all the pictures of horrid illnesses. I was absolutely convinced that infected cut on my foot was leprosy! It wasn't until I read Lord of the Rings at age 9 that I really remember 'aha ... this is what I want to read!'
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Malaikat Natal Gotik (Bahasa Indonesia - Indonesian Language Edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,970. Language: Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia). Published: July 21, 2016 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Sang Hantu Penderitaan Masa Lalu akan selalu mengikutimu... Setelah dicampakkan oleh kekasihnya pada malam sebelum Natal, Cassie Baruch berharap sakit hatinya akan berakhir ketika ia menabrakkan mobilnya ke sebatang pohon beech tua. Namun ketika seorang malaikat tampan bersayap hitam muncul dan memberitahukan padanya bahwa “ini bukanlah suatu kisah cinta paranormal, Nak,” ia menyadari bahwa...
Die Horlosiemaker (Afrikaanse Taal - Afrikaans Language Edition)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,040. Language: Afrikaans. Published: July 15, 2016 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Wat as jy dit alles oor kon doen? Marae O’Conaire het baie groter probleme as die feit dat haar horlosie stiptelik 3:57 namiddag opgehou werk het. Wanneer sy haar horlosie neem vir herstelwerk, vind sy uit dat sy ‘n ongewone prys gewen het – die kans om ‘n enkele uur van haar lewe oor te leef..Maar die lot het streng reëls oor hoe die verlede beïnvloed mag word en kom met die waarskuwing dat sy...
घड़ीसाज़ (हिन्दी भाषा Hindi Language Edition)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,780. Language: Hindi. Published: June 21, 2016 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
कैसा होगा यदि आप इसे दुबारा जी सके?
Sword of the Gods: The Dark Lord's Vessel
Series: Sword of the Gods. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 284,530. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2016 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
An Angelic Special Forces soldier must rescue his pregnant wife from the Devourer of Children without succumbing to the rage which can unleash a terrifying power he can't control.
El Relojero (Española lengua - Spanish Language Edition)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,050. Language: Spanish. Published: May 11, 2016 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
¿Podrá Marae hacer las paces con el error que más lamenta en el mundo?
Sang Pembuat Jam (Bahasa Indonesia - Indonesian Language Edition)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,010. Language: Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia). Published: May 11, 2016 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Bagaimana jika anda dapat mengulangi masa lalu sekali lagi?
ЧАСОВЩИК: Новелла (Русский язык - Russian Language Edition)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,830. Language: Russian. Published: April 18, 2016 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Остросюжетный короткий рассказ в тематике скандинавской мифологии. Время это подарок, а иногда, и последний шанс.
The Watchmaker (A Novelette)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,680. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ask how you can win an hour in time. Marae O’Conaire has much bigger problems than the fact her watch stopped at 3:57 p.m. When she brings her watch to a kindly repairman, she learns she has won a peculiar prize, a chance to re-live a single hour of her life. Can Marae fix the mistake she regrets more than anything in the world?
The Auction
Series: Song of the River. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 175,580. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Dumped at the altar and left without a home, Rosie Xalbadora takes a job as a governess at the edge of the Australian outback. There she meets Pippa Bristow, a sensitive child who copes with her parent's bitter divorce by escaping into a magical world of fairy queens and unicorns, and her enigmatic father, Adam, a man willing to endure whatever he must to keep his daughter safe from his ex-wife.
Sword of the Gods: Agents of Ki
Series: Sword of the Gods, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 353,320. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
*WINNER - Best High Fantasy Novel of 2015* As darkness rends the heavens, a tiny Mesopotamian village finds itself the epicenter of an intergalactic war between good and evil. But all is not lost. An ancient goddess recruits two 'Watchmen' to turn darkness back into the light; mortal creatures who do not realize they are pawns. The saga of the greatest superhero to ever walk the Earth continues...
A Gothic Christmas Angel
Series: Children of the Fallen, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,460. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Eve, Cassie Baruch thought her pain would end when she aimed her car at an ancient beech tree. But when a gorgeous black-winged angel appears and tells her ‘this ain’t no stinking paranormal romance, kid,’ she realizes death hasn’t solved her problems. Can Jeremiel help her exorcise the ghosts of problems past and find a little closure
Angel of Death: A Love Story
Series: Children of the Fallen, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 154,440. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The Angel of Death falls in love with a mortal in this tale of true love, reincarnation, and forgiveness that spans from ancient Carthage to the Iraq/Afghanistan war. "This is the best book I have read in a long time. It is the first I have tried of this author, but it will not be the last. Fresh outlook and great characters make this a satisfying, hard to set down read." (reader review)
Sword of the Gods: Prince of Tyre
Series: Sword of the Gods, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 325,370. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Mikhail has a new mission: train the warriors to fight back against the mysterious kidnappings. But the journey from soldier to general is never easy. The Emperor and Shay'tan are so busy outwitting one another that neither notices a much more ancient Evil outmaneuvers them. A tragic death forces the Alliance to choose which leader they will follow in an epic showdown. The Emperor … or Lucifer?
Sword of the Gods: The Chosen One
Series: Sword of the Gods, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 179,570. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2012 by Seraphim Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A tiny Mesopotamian village becomes ground-zero for this fantasy fiction retelling of mankind's most epic story about the battle between good and evil … the clash of empires and ideologies … and the greatest superhero to ever walk the Earth. The Archangel Mikhail.

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  • Stoneweaver on June 22, 2012

    Classic fantasy at its very best. Three main character points of view lead us through a strange world where water has covered the Earth, what's left of humanity huddles on floating cities worrying about when the next 'cleansing' will occur to reduce excess citizens the cities can no longer support and sell them into slavery for a mysterious despot, and gemstones can help certain wielders called Stoneweavers animate the element they're attuned with to act as avatars. The system of magic is well thought out, the three main characters credible and believable, and the way the three pathways converge page-turning. Language is kept basically 'clean' and there's lots of magical duals, so would be safe and interesting for a YA reader as well as adults. I'll be looking into Mr. Lewis's next book!
  • Coral Throne on July 21, 2012

    This fantasy tale reads like a historical tale of England during the time of Henry VIII. Petty city-states with limited resources vie for position. Dictators who will smile as they stick a knife in their allies back. Mercenaries, thieves, and privateers doing the dirty work that cannot be done officially. A champion forced to assume the title of unwilling leader. His close circle of friends, not one of them particularly anxious to assume the power that has been thrust upon them. And of course an assassination attempt by an usurper. Plenty of intrigues in this tale of floating cities in a world that has been covered by floodwater for many generations ... and for the first time has hope as the waters begin to recede. The system of magic is logical, and is expanded upon in an interesting way from Book 1 of the series. The magical duals continue, but take a back seat to the intrigues of kings ... and our champions dislike of being forced to fight his opponents behind-their-back instead of head-on like a true champion should. The research into what must be done to manage a world where newly emerged land must be tended and planted, but the flood waters are receding too slow to satisfy a desperate populace, is credible. My only complaint was the secondary antagonist's motivation. I wasn't sure whether to simply dislike him, or love to dislike him. Simple dislike is when you say 'this is the bad guy' and then every time he slithers into the room, the audience hisses. But when you love to dislike a character, it's like JR Ewing in the original Dallas. He's a snake. But he's so darned fascinating because a lot of the time he makes the most sense. I didn't 'love to hate' the secondary antagonist, and the primary antagonist was always so shadowy that I didn't get a chance to hate him. In the end, the REAL antagonist was the snails pace at which the waters were receding and how difficult it was for the hero to keep things together in light of human nature. Therefore, I'm giving this book four stars. And looking for the next installment in this series.
  • Broken Trust on Jan. 16, 2013

    I bought this story because I have a soft spot for banged-up soldiers. As a suspense writer, the author holds great promise. During the scenes set in a war zone and, later, when the bad guys come around, I always felt as though I was in Mac's head. His loss of faith, his PTSD, and his guilt over the loss of his friend always felt real. I was less enthralled with Toni. I understood this was a 'christian' romance when I bought it (i.e., no sex) and was in the mood for a little dose of faith, but it always felt like Toni was bludgeoning me over the head with it. Faith is meant to be the view from your picture window ... there ... but it's not something you can replicate by repeating 'look at that view' a million times. Toni also obsessed about Mac breaking off their engagement way too much. It really detracted from the story. Show ... not tell. I am giving this 4-stars as a suspense novel, but as a romance it only rates a 2. I'm giving it the higher rating anyways because there's nothing wrong with this book a good edit couldn't fix and ... dang ... the suspense really had me on the edge of my seat a few times! 4-stars for Mac!
  • Reckless Nights in Rome on March 13, 2013

    Nico is so hot I think my Nook left singe-marks on my lap where it rested while I was reading this book. Good thing e-readers come with ubiquitous covers so the other mommy's at the gymnastics lessons couldn't tell the reason I was squirming in my seat and biting my hand was because I was on fire! I loved how three-dimensional the characters were in this story and the way that it grabbed you and dragged you kicking and screaming (or in this case, hot, sweaty, and screaming Oh! My!) through the entire book. If I had to make one complaint, Nico came on a bit strong for me at first (if it had been me, I would have drop-kicked him in the crotch the first three chapters ... but I'm a martial artist). It had a plot, too. And believable, well-rounded secondary characters. And ... cake. Yes, this book even had cake! Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
  • Children of the Plague on April 03, 2013

    In a fascinating twist on the usual post-apocalyptic or fantasy novel which features zombies or magic, Children of the Plague creates a world where aliens unleash a nano-particle plague (the Con) which overcomes humanity by altering humanities genetic structure. Depending upon which program-variation of the virus you have been infected with, either you are vulnerable to having your consciousness 'drained' by another human infected with the Con (hosts), you limp along surviving not knowing when you'll be turned or eaten, or you keep your faculties because mysteriously the consciousness's of other humans who have been taken are downloaded into your mind (exterminators) and it gives you the ability to harness the nanoparticles to use as a quasi-electrical/quasi-magic power. The alien intelligence directing this invasion remains largely unseen in this novel as humans fight to survive (barely) thanks to Lanni and a kind of partial immunity she has to being seized, but you have to question why the two variations of abilities? (and I won't say more because it's a potential spoiler). It's a fascinating world Greg Carrico paints and as the book ends, I hope there will soon be another installment so we can learn what happens next.
  • Under His Command on April 08, 2013

    A scorching hot (literally) read. I didn't realize when I downloaded this it was BDSM erotica ... I tend to prefer my explicit scenes peppered in instead of the main course. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well-rounded the two main characters were and their emotional states as they struggled to revive their failing marriage. Would BDSM solve their woes? I gave it a momentary suspension of disbelief, but if you were to take that element out of the story and leave it with its components of learning to communicate and trust one another, this story stands up well. I enjoyed it (Shhh... don't tell my husband!). If you're a '50 Shades of Grey' fan, this story is MUCH better written!
  • Apocalypstick on April 19, 2013

    This is a collection of two post-apocalyptic short stories that have an unusual slant on the usual feast of rotting flesh and brain-sucking undead. COULD you be merciless if it meant it might save the world? What if you needed to do it to someone you loved? Want to know more ... then read them! I enjoyed the plot twists.
  • The Anvil of the Craftsman on April 22, 2013

    A heart pounding ride… This book grabs you by the seat of the pants and won't let you go as it drags you by through the IED-laden minefields of Iraq along with the hero/protagonist Jon Anthony and his spooky Special Forces protector, Matt Kameldorn. Along the way we are given fascinating, credible-sounding glimpses into the minds and motivations of not only the Al Qaida operatives, but also some of the ordinary people and tribal leaders who eventually rally against the foreign terrorists in their midst. I will definitely be continuing on with this series, but first, I think I'll go write me some serious Kameldorn fanfiction :-)
  • 40 Top Quinoa Recipes For Weight Loss on June 04, 2013

    Have you ever had a good idea gone oh so wrong? Eat quinoa, my nutritionist said my first day on a new diet. So, being gung-ho (for who isn't gung-ho their first week on a new diet?) I went right down to our natural food store and, when they didn't have the quinoa listed on my magical little diet list in stock and was told they could special order it ... for a price ... I did what any other frugal American would do and bought bulk. Yessiree! I bought a great big ginormous 40-pound bag of red quinoa! You ever see that movie Finding Nemo where the fish from the dentist's fish tank finally orchestrate their escape into the ocean and are floating in the plastic baggies? Yeah ... it was like that. Now what? The entire family quickly balked at a constant diet of steamed red quinoa seeds, so 38.5 of that 40 pound bag has been sitting in my pantry sfor the past year. Enter '40 Top Quinoa Recipes For Weight Loss.' You mean quinoa has a bitter shell and you're supposed to RINSE it first? Why didn't the nutritionist tell me that? No wonder the kids were balking! Or you can use it to make a tabbouleh-salad type concoction with lots of veggies and it actually tastes good? Or risotto? Pumpkin risotto? I've tried 3 recipes from this little cookbook so far and have several more circled as potential 'favorites.' I liked it enough to use Adobe Reader to print it out 2-per-page and staple it together into a little 4.25x5.5 cookbook to keep in my cookbook collection so I'll use it every day. One of my 5-pound storage tubs of quinoa has been used! Whoopee! Only 35 pounds of quinoa more to go... [*As for last year's diet ... I lost 8 pounds WITHOUT eating the quinoa and then gained it right back again so hopefully this cookbook will help with THAT problem as well!*]
  • Smashwords Style Guide on June 09, 2013
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    You may curse and stomp and rip out your hair at all the tedious little steps it takes to pre-format your document to upload to meatgrinder, but Mark Coker leads you step-by-step (with pictures) through the process and, even without meatgrinder, you'd be paying some ebook formatter big bucks to make these changes FOR you so you might as well learn now and avoid those bugaboos in the future. Easy enough for even the technologically incompetent (like me) to understand.
  • A Stormy Spring on June 17, 2013

    I wanted a hot romance, and once again C.C. MacKenzie delivered. This book started where many romance novels leave off, and then moved to back off (with all of the attendant angst) and then moved where you wanted to go. Nice description of the high-stakes world of choreography. Shared this book with a friend whose daughter is a dancer.
  • The Britteridge Heresy on Aug. 30, 2013

    Border Patrol agents found a Quran dropped at an illegal border crossing... [*shiver*] In reviewing a suspense novel, I tend to judge according to the following factors: 1. Sympathetic protagonist(s) ***** 2. Believable motivations for the antagonist(s) ***** 3. Realistic 'threat' ***** 4. Well developed supporting characters ***** 5. Well researched background ***** 6. A sense of a ticking clock ***** 7. Some sort of 'twist' ***** 8. Satisfying resolution ***** 9. Other factors **** Everything about this novel about a terror plot on home soil met or exceeded my expectations. Kameldorn from Book 1 is back with a new identity, while the mild-mannered Jon Anthony bravely stuck his neck out after surviving an attempt on his life. I loved Jon's new friend, Mary, ["What is it with American's and their obsession with guns!"] while Farrar is back and shone in a new light. Everyone, from the frustrated DHS agents to the motivations of the villain was satisfying, and even though I never have any TIME to read for pleasure, I ended up blowing off WORK to finish up this book because, dang it! The clock was ticking and I needed to know how it ended! I always try to say something less-than glowing, so if I have one complaint, it is that I am a secular woman (my Facebook religion is listed as 'Mutt') and all of Dale Amidei's writing has a heavy Christian message. [*heretic eye-roll ... yes, mother, and I'll eat my broccoli, too*] The next-to final scene where Jon comes face-to-face with the villain was particularly gratifying. Broccoli ... not so bad covered with cheese sauce :-P This is the second book of this series I have read and I have already picked up the third.
  • The Teacher's Billionaire on Oct. 03, 2013

    This was a well-written, fast-paced contemporary romance. The way the teacher-heroine ended up suddenly thrust into a family of billionaires, a presidential election, and in the eye of a wealthy male love interest was believable despite the tight page-count of less than 200 pages. The sex was only touched upon lightly and not too graphic. The peripheral characters were sympathetic and I am curious to find out what happens to the younger brother, the sister, and of course the best friend. Exactly what I was hankering for when I picked up this contemporary romance. Cleanly edited ... there were no formatting or grammatical errors that I noticed. I would definitely consider future titles by this author. This book was purchased from Smashwords.
  • Hidden Betrayal (A Jade O'Reilly Mystery) on Oct. 19, 2013

    It's been quite a while since I dove into a contemporary mystery novel. The plot about the stolen artwork was believable and, until the end, I was convinced one person was behind the theft and surprised it was somebody else (though in retrospect the clues had been there all along). There were enough red herrings to keep me guessing and on my toes. Overall ... enjoyed it!
  • Indomitable (Eternelles: The Beginning, Book 2) on Jan. 12, 2014

    Indominitable is, at its heart, a story about the friction between a mother and a daughter and how that can mess up your whole world, whether or not there are homicidal evil gods and other paranormal creatures lurking in your universe. The friction between Adri and Sera feels genuine, some of the foolish mistakes Sera makes because she doesn't want to admit her mother is right are understandable, and their bond (even though sometimes they want to throttle one another) feels real. If I had any criticism about this book, it was that the characters tended to THINK about their friction a little too much when some ACTION might have conveyed the point better. I enjoyed many of the peripheral characters in the book. Rafe was okay, but Des? Des... DESSSSS.... [*okay ... you get the point*] This is the first book I've read by these two authors even though it is the second book in this series. Although at times I was aware there was additional backstory being hinted at of which I was not privy (kind of like interjecting yourself into a conversation), at no time did I feel lost or frustrated. 4.5 Stars!!!
  • Ayla Speaks to Dolphins - Book 1 - Dolphin Dreams on Jan. 22, 2014

    I downloaded this ebook to fill my 12-year-old daughter's Christmas Nook. Since she is quite articulate, I will let her post her OWN review below: *********** Hello!!! I overall liked that I could picture what was happening in my mind. A work of art!!! (view spoiler) I think that the author could've done something in a certian part... but i loved it!!! I'm reading the next book on my Nook... its good so far. -Catherine
  • Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books on March 21, 2014

    I had already picked up numerous marketing tips by reading the blogs and tips of my peers, but David Gaughran has collated and documented the mysterious algorithms in such a way as to make sense of the soup. This book is largely Amazon USA centric and only barely touches upon the other platforms and international markets, but it does not purport to be more than that in the book blurb, so I will give it 5 stars.
  • Polly! on April 10, 2014

    I find organized religion to be deeply offensive to what I *KNOW*. Polly, however, tickled my funnybone, with a deeply irreverent take on God not seen since Alanis Morrissette played god in the movie Dogma. This story was like reading one of those funny, feel-good stories you find in Guideposts magazine, only instead of scripture, this story is hilariously blasphemous to the teeny-tiny confines organized religion has tried to place around so vast a being as God. I can't tell you how many times I giggled as the protagonist (Herodotus ... or 'Hero') navigates his way out of personal tragedy into a Kafhaesque situation where you ask yourself if he died and went to heaven, hell, or some purgatory deeply reminiscent of the Twilight Zone. Polly is irrational and funny, and as she drags Hero in and out of various situations, it will lead you to a much more empowered viewpoint of the Dude Upstairs. If you are a religious person who believes that God truly makes wagers with the devil and tells people to go slit their son's throats to make burnt offerings, then is not the book for you. 4 Perfect Points
  • Waning Moon on April 19, 2014

    Non-stop action! Lily Charmichael is a girl with a gift, one which an overbearing government agency known as The Industry wants to get their hands on. The book starts out in a rural town which refuses to come under Industry control, where Lily crosses paths with Will, a young man who has more going on than she is aware of. A trip into the city results in betrayal, a risky escape, and a journey through some unlikely resistance. Can't say much more than that without giving spoilers, but I enjoyed this book and have already picked up the next one in the set. 4.5 Healing Stars
  • The Eternity Brigade on June 07, 2014

    I originally read this book back when I was in high school, not so long after the Vietnam war that people still questioned why wars were even being fought. Even back then this story stuck with me, and was my first real introduction to the sub-genre of military science fiction. What happens when killing doesn't matter, death doesn't matter, all that matters is to complete the mission, with no understanding of WHY you are fighting the war or killing the guy in the blue armband, only to be put to sleep when it's all said and done and woken up when the next war rolls around to kill again. Now, upon re-reading the updated edition in 2014, it strikes me how well this book brings you into the psyche of a 'career soldier' caught in this hellish merry-go-round as he is resurrected to fight in wars again and again. It was disturbing when I read this story back in the early 1980's, and it's even MORE disturbing now as we are not yet extricated from Afghanistan (which at least STARTED with a purpose) and Iraq (which is like ... WTF???) and already there are hawkish clamorings to 'help' Ukraine or 'help' Syria. War is dehumanizing, and while some wars can't be avoided, this book highlights that soldiers are not some fungible commodity to be shuffled form war to war. Great read! 5-stars.
  • Tsar Wars: Agents of ISIS, Book 1 on June 28, 2014

    I'm a sucker for a massive, galactic-spanning space opera that has everything but the kitchen sink in it (Star Wars anyone?), so when the tongue-in-cheek Tsar Wars came across my recommendation list, it was a given I'd snap it up. I enjoyed this book far more than perhaps I should have. Galactic empires, political back-stabbing, genetically engineered secret agents, a princess-in-peril, and ... circus performers? Including a cameo with some otherworldly jaguar-like antagonists? Oooh! Yeah. This book hit a sweet spot that ain't been hit since Princess Leah kissed Luke Skywalker just before swinging across that yawning chasm and said 'good luck!' Since when did it become not okay to just plain have FUN reading a book? With a happy ending? Why has everything become about some dark, tortured anti-hero? Can't heroes just be heroic because it's the right thing to do? If you enjoyed the light-hearted feel of the first three Star Wars movies (IV-VI)and lamented the loss of both characterization and feel-goodedness (is that even a word?) from the latter three prequels (I-III), then you'll enjoy this book immensely. And oh, goody ... there are several more books in this series.... 5 lightly-leaping space-faring circus tigers
  • Dead Lily Blooms on July 03, 2014

    A vampiress who suddenly discovers there is more to existence than simply being immortal and powerful. And I can't say much more than that because it would create spoilers. :-) Story was just the right length for sitting on the sidelines during one of those kiddie sports lessons
  • The Gift on Dec. 18, 2014

    Dad steps up to the plate! I read this short story as part of a winter-themed box set. As a mom myself, I always wonder what would happen if I ever 'ran away from home' and left my husband to take care of the holiday hassle, the gift-shopping and the kids. Mom gets even! Well, when Robert Chalmers wife gets called away a few weeks for Christmas to care for her sick mother, all of a sudden Robert has to deal with just that, along with his cute daughter Amanda, though I thought Robert handled it a lot better than -my- husband would and Amanda was a lot better behaved. MOSTLY better behaved... At about 45 minutes to read, this story was just the right length to give me a nice little warm fuzzy feeling while waiting for my kids gymnastics lesson.
  • Emotion Amplifiers on Dec. 18, 2014

    Another helpful writing guide from Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. This dovetails nicely with The Emotion Thesaurus to include a nice little tutorial about ramping up the tension in your story, and then a few new emotive categories not included in the original books. I got this for free, but even if there was a small fee it would be worth it.
  • The Caliban Program on July 04, 2015

    Super spooky spy thriller... This was an interesting short story just the right length to kill an hour while waiting for a connecting flight. The pacing was good, the story line gripping, but what struck me as most interesting was the way the protagonist Ritter got sucked into this super-spooky agency which is almost as bad as the terrorists hunt down. There was a clever plot twist about how Ritter tracks down the bad guy. I won't say more so I don't spoil it :-) I see there is a next-book which I've already downloaded, but in no way did this story make me feel it was one of those nasty teaser-trailers with a cliffhanger that I hate.
  • Operation Naji on July 04, 2015

    Another great installment in the Daniel Sean Ritter military thriller series. Operation Naji is a prequel of sorts, set before the timeline of Anvil of the Craftsman, which explains the storyline hinted to in the previous books about how Ritter came to know Farrah and her son. What is unusual about this book as an Iraq War novel is there is a secondary protagonist who alternates chapters with Ritter, Muhammad Abdullah al-Qu'am, Farrah's husband. It's rare to find a book that puts you into the frame-of-mind of an Iraqi Muslim without turning them into a stereotype. I liked the chapters written from Muhammad's point of view as much as I enjoyed Ritter's chapters, which says a lot because I'm an unabashed Ritter fan and would be quite happy to read endless books featuring the super-spooky special forces guy. I empathized with Muhammad, who sees what the corruption has done to his country and wants to do the right thing. The first 12 pages started out a bit slow with some Ritter 'origins' story, but after that, it was nonstop action. There was also some beautiful prose which captured my fancy. Such as: "Things change slowly in the desert, when they change at all. Her rocks and sands are the same from age to age. Men are the ones who slowly turn to dust and blow away..." "Ain't it funny what a little victory can do to a psychotic prick's ego? The move on Kuwait started that way..." "Mick! You're not being paid to bring Iraqi ammo home! Salt those frackers down!"
  • A Fair to Remember, Welcome To Redemption, Book 2 on July 05, 2015

    This is an enjoyable read which had me laughing out loud several times about the mishaps of Tara Russell, her brother's Great Dane Sugar (if you've ever owned a Great Dane, you'll be able to relate), and the mystery man they meet on their way to the Town Fair, Wes Carter, a man with a dark past and a very bright future ... if only he can avoid the trouble with a capital 'T' that he fears Tara is. It's a typical romance novel, no explicit sex and not a lot of bad language, that any age can enjoy. The central characters all felt well-developed and the peripheral characters and setting also kept my interest. I see there are more books in this series, so I'm off to scrounge them up. I'm hoping Tara's hot, sexy, bad-boy biker/paramedic brother (and Sugar's 'daddy') will be up next in the queue to find his happily ever after?
  • The Complete Parsina Saga on Dec. 09, 2015

    Wow! Just one more chapter… As a child, I loved the Tales of the Arabian Nights, of djinns and wizards, clever thieves and maidens-in-peril. The Parsina Saga has that same feel of exotic landscapes and ordinary people caught up in the clash between ancient good vs. evil. I could smell the spices and feel their exhaustion as they stumbled through desert heat, cheered for the characters who jumped right off the page, and found myself staying up late into the night to read 'just one more chapter' like Sheherezade's mad sultan. What was most interesting about this series is the fact it's not your same old boring re-hash of Lord of the Rings (which, let's face it, while we all love it, does every … single … epic fantasy series really need to be set in a medieval world?) I found myself running to the computer to google exotic words such as caravansary which, while I understood perfectly in context of the story was a camel-stable, I just -had- to find out if such a thing existed in real life (they did). Of course then I fell down the Wikipedia rabbit hole to learn about djinns and the ancient caravan routes. Some of the ruins of these caravan-cities were beautiful (google Qalaat al-Madiq). After reading this series, I could picture what they must have looked like in their heyday. While the length and worldbuilding in this series was excellent for a hard-core epic fantasy doorstopper fan like me, I would feel very comfortable giving these books to my teenage daughters to read. Fingers crossed: maybe THEY will fall down the Wikipedia rabbit hole as well. There is a nice blend of characters of different ages, genders, backgrounds and personalities that there is something for everybody. I think I learned more about the history and geography of the Middle East than in two semesters of World History classes. My only criticism is the first chapter starts out with an 'old style' history of the city from an omniscient narrator. I'm an action-oriented reader, so I was a lot happier once I got into the head of the characters and started seeing the city through their eyes. Once there, I was absolutely hooked through the next 1,000+ pages of epic goodness.
  • Absinthe and Chocolate on Feb. 27, 2016

    What if Black Widow were to join the cast of '24?' Absinthe and chocolate starts with a shot (of absinthe, that is) and doesn't let up as intrigue leads the characters from Geneva to the Iraq to New York City to Moscow. In addition to the welcome return of familiar characters from 'Jon's Trilogy' and 'Sean's Cycle', Sean Ritter and General McAllen's intelligence apparatus, we meet a new super-duper secret agent, Rebecca Hildebrand Boone, a fiery red-headed secret agent who has the martial arts skills of Black Widow crossed with the suave manner of James Bond. While there are no 'superheroes' here, this book deals with the purely realistic machinations of the global intelligence commuity, this book kept me turning pages and I read it in a single day (warning, don't start this book right before bedtime!!!)
  • The Bonus Pool on March 24, 2016

    I think this is the best InterLynk novel yet. Agent Boone had has become a nicely rounded character, with flaws and strengths, both of which play into this classic spy thriller. If James Bond and Black Widow were to have a baby, it would be Doctor Hildebrant Boone, slick, kick-butt, ruthless, flawed and vulnerable. Like all of Dale Amidei's novels, the protagonist goes through a crisis of faith after the loss of her lover in the prior novel, but it's handled subtly in the form of Lin, a Chinese dissident Christian who Boone is assigned to smuggle out of the People's Republic of China and keep alive long enough to be offered asylum. In addition to new enemies, an old enemy crops up as well, now a hired gun, to prevent that from happening. No moustache-twirling villains here, you can feel Yameen's hatred, his motivation, his bloodlust and his greed. The plot twist with the hackers is absolutely brilliant. You'll never feel the same way about your banking transactions again. This book has a hilarious episode at the end which I won't spoil, but let's just say, don't mess with Boone, and don't mess with her friends!