Unicorn Productions

Publisher info

Unicorn Productions was born in the late 1990s to publish the graphic novels and one-shot comics by Barbara G.Tarn.
Those photocopied zines with the unicorn logo are now out of print, so the dozen lucky readers who have them might one day get rich.
Now the imprint is alive again thanks to new technology. It's slowly expanding to other authors and genres... except it's still the same person writing the stories!
Barbara G.Tarn writes fantasy and some sci-fi
B.G.Hope writes contemporary fiction including M/M romance
Barbara Sangiorgio is for the stories set in Italy that would get lost in translation.
Three pen-names for a prolific writer

Smashwords Interview

Why do I get a unicorn instead of an author picture on this page?
Because that's the logo I used on my photocopied zines back in the 1990s - and still is on the POD version of my books. E-books don't have rooms for logos, so there you have it! :)
So, who's behind the Unicorn logo?
A very prolific writer who tackles many genres. Somebody said that writers should brand themselves so readers don't get confused. Personally, I read everything, so I think it's a publishing myth, but for clarity's sake (and also because different genres use different kinds of covers), I have 2 English pseudonyms (and 1 Italian).
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Unicorn Productions online


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Amazon Spring
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth, Book 28. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,620. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
A collection of stories set in the Queendom of Maadre a.k.a. Amazons Country. From the death of Queen Amazonia to shorter stories, meet the only country on Silvery Earth where women rule and men have no voice and no rights. New story: The Public Man – or male prostitutes in the Queendom! Leone thinks he has the best job in the country – until he realizes not everybody likes Public Men…
Star Minds Frammenti
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds in italiano. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,470. Language: Italian. Published: March 30, 2014 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Il compagno di Star Minds con prequel da diversi punti di vista, ma anche un'altra prospettiva sull'intera trilogia – cosa è successo veramente all'ibrido chiamato M'aera S'iva.
Star Minds Frammenti - Donne
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds in italiano. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,140. Language: Italian. Published: March 15, 2014 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Due prequel autoconclusivi di Star Minds: un racconto lungo e uno breve che si svolgono anni prima della serie.
Stella Cadente
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds in italiano. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,860. Language: Italian. Published: March 3, 2014 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Kol-ian, col cuore a pezzi, si rifugia sulla Terra. Un prequel di Angelo Tecnologico.
Star Minds - la trilogia
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds in italiano. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 118,570. Language: Italian. Published: February 9, 2014 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
la trilogia completa - tre libri dalla partenza di Kol-ian dalla Terra alla fine delle sue disavventure.
Mercanti di Schiavi (Star Minds #3)
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds in italiano, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,020. Language: Italian. Published: February 2, 2014 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
E' impossibile conoscere la profondità dei sentimenti. Quando l'ex-ragazza di Gaurishankar sparisce, lui va a salvarla, se non altro per amore del fratello. Ma il pianeta del piacere può essere una trappola e mettersi contro i mercanti di schiavi non è semplice. Ossessioni e passioni non ricambiate sul pianeta del piacere e oltre nell'ultimo libro di Star Minds.
Legame Mentale (Star Minds #2)
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds in italiano, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,160. Language: Italian. Published: January 19, 2014 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Signori oscuri e viscidi Sauriani nel seguito di Angelo Tecnologico.
Male Lovers of Silvery Earth
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth, Book 27. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,840. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
5 stories of male lovers throughout the history of Silvery Earth. Collection of the novellas "The Death of Queen Amazonia" (1300s), "Saif's Legacy" (1600s) and "Allan de Sayek" (1700s) and the short story "The Lords of War" (from Tales of the Southern Kingdoms vol.2 – 1500s). New story: "The Young King", the first of "More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms" (1400s)
Saif's Legacy
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,330. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
(5.00)
The southern kingdoms are no more, but the Assassins' Guild is still there – honorable men who would never hurt women or children. Saif has been living as a woodcutter for fifteen years, but on his deathbed he calls for his former apprentice, Kilig. Saif's legacy – his son Hakeem – will avenge him, and possibly mend Kilig's broken heart.
Angelo Tecnologico (Star Minds #1)
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds in italiano, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,570. Language: Italian. Published: December 7, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Un cuore spezzato apre gli occhi. Quando Kol-ian viene respinto dal suo "angelo", trova rifugio sull'arretrata Terra. Finché non prova il desiderio di tornare nel circuito galattico e provare la vita degli avventurieri. Cyborg, mutaforma, telepati senza cuore e due Terrestri a spasso per la Via Lattea molto prima del resto del pianeta blu.
Star Minds Snippets
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,850. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
The companion to Star Minds has prequels from different points of view, but also another perspective on the whole series – what really happened to the hybrid called M'aera S'iva. 10 stories of various length in the Star Minds universe.
Half-blood
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,530. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
The true story of hybrid M'aera S'iva, an alien "angel". A Star Minds Snippet telling the story of a secondary character of the main series.
Shooting Star
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,090. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Heartbroken Kol-ian seeks refuge on Earth. A stand-alone prequel to Technological Angel.
Women
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,890. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Two Star Minds Snippets – a novella and a short story happening before the main series. Galaxy Police Mya Lylestar as assault team member with her best friend and sister-in-law. Soldier Life-changing events for Maela – losing virginity, maternity, maiming and becoming a cyborg
Amazon Sisters
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,940. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Life isn't easy in the Queendom of Maadre. The Daughters of Amazonia have very strict laws for men – but also for women. Follow the life of two sisters and their men. Love and death in the Amazons Country.
Choices
By B.G. Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,130. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Money and happiness don't always get along. It's all a matter of choices. Carl is a winner. He has money, success, a rich young wife. But his past is catching up. He might not feel like Scrooge, but the Ghosts of Christmas Past force him to question his life. Mud might never turn to gold, but gold itself might actually be pyrite...
Rapture
By B.G. Hope
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
From a Stephen King prompt - a stalking wife abducts her ex-husband.
Mind Control
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,660. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Two Star Minds Snippets - short stories to introduce the main series. The Heir Imperial Princess Lin-sun chooses her husband – with her head and not with her heart. Lost Son Nine years later Uwe-yuri discovers his son is mind-controlled by his wife.
Star Minds
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 114,050. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
The complete series of Star Minds, from Kol-ian's self-exile on Earth to the happily ever after... or not?
Coinquilini
By Barbara Sangiorgio
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,700. Language: Italian. Published: July 7, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Tre ragazzi e una ragazza. Coinquilini trentenni lavoratori alla fine del XX secolo. Un racconto un po' datato per nostalgici.
Variazioni sul tema
By Barbara Sangiorgio
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,010. Language: Italian. Published: May 23, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Uno biondo e con gli occhi azzurri, l'altro moro e con gli occhi neri. Nessuna intenzione di essere realistica. Storie di amore, passione o altro tra questi due personaggi che cambiano nome ma non aspetto fisico. I titoli sono in inglese e le storie si svolgono da qualche parte in America (dove non indicato diversamente).
Ciaran & Harith
By B.G. Hope
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,180. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Ciaran is a confused husband. Harith has a very strong "vain self". And Samantha the witch is back to teach a lesson to these two very different married men. Will their spouses be able to handle the body switch? And what about Ciaran's children?
22 Anni
By Barbara Sangiorgio
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,030. Language: Italian. Published: April 20, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Raccolta di "storie in io" con protagoniste ventiduenni nell'Italia di fine XX secolo.
Slave Traders (Star Minds Book 3)
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,670. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
It's impossible to tell the true depth of someone's feelings. When Gaurishankar's ex-girlfriend vanishes, he goes to the rescue, if only to save his own brother. But the pleasure planet can be a trap and taking down the slaves traders isn't easy. Obsessions and unwanted passion on the pleasure planet and beyond in the final book of Star Minds.
Mini storie
By Barbara Sangiorgio
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,540. Language: Italian. Published: March 17, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
3 mini storie della serie "22 anni". Italia, fine XX secolo. Metallara in incognito: un'ex-Duraniana si innamora di un metallaro. Occhi di gatto: una festa di Carnevale, un misterioso ragazzo dagli occhi di gatto. Oltre il liceo: autobiografica - l'autrice in quel periodo.
The Death of Queen Amazonia
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,010. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Being a man in the Queendom of Maadre is tough, especially with the founding Queen, Amazonia. When Smeraldo is called to the Queen's bed, he doesn't expect the cruelty awaiting him. Only a foreign merchant can help him to recover from the shock. But Amazonia, who is almost two-hundred years old, is relentless. A Silvery Earth novella for adult readers
Amore metallaro + Quando lui è sposato
By Barbara Sangiorgio
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,010. Language: Italian. Published: February 18, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
"Amore Metallaro" Una ragazza di buona famiglia si innamora di un metallaro. "Quando lui è sposato" ...è un casino per l'aspirante amante. Che potrebbe anche rovinarsi la vita con le sue mani. 2 racconti della serie "Ventidue anni"
Odi et amo + Ricominciamo da capo
By Barbara Sangiorgio
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,010. Language: Italian. Published: February 6, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Due racconti della serie "22 anni" ambientati nell'Italia anni '80. Odi et Amo: un'estate al mare per Gabriella incazzata col mondo - fino all'incontro decisivo Ricominciamo da capo: tre amiche si lasciano con i rispettivi ragazzi. E ricominciano da capo.
Band-mates
By B.G. Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Happiness is... being asked to join the best band of the school and win the Battle of the Bands
Variations on a Theme
By B.G. Hope
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,260. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
One is blond and blue-eyed, the other has dark hair and eyes. Names change, situations change, but it's all variations of the same love story. Short stories of m/m romance.
Mind Link (Star Minds Book 2)
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,630. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
(5.00)
True love between two telepaths generates a mind link. Ker-ris's mind is free. Free to fall in love again. When vengeful S'lyss comes after Kol-ian, the symbiosis of the mind link threatens the life of both lovers. Dark lords and sneaky Saurians in the sequel of Technological Angel.
Six Months
By B.G. Hope
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,820. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
The difficulties on being single after 40 – and having to find a relationship to conform to peer pressure. A romantic novella.
Technological Angel (Star Minds Book 1)
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Star Minds. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,920. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50)
Heartbreak is an eye-opener. When Kol-ian is rejected by his beloved "angel", he finds refuge on low-tech Earth. Until he feels the need to get back into the galaxy loop to explore the rogues' world. Cyborgs, shape-shifters, merciless telepaths and two earthlings lost in the Milky Way, learning to deal with aliens long before the rest of the blue planet.
Records of the Varian Empire
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,410. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Forbidden love. Destroyed cities. Rebellious half-bloods. A collection of short stories of Silvery Earth.
Sunray and Leonora
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Two short stories of a forbidden love. Welcome to Silvery Earth. Water beings, winged people, shape-shifting dragons and elf-like beings mingle with humans throughout the history of this world. Novels, graphic novels, and short stories. Written by Barbara G.Tarn, published by Unicorn Productions
The Warrior Woman
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,910. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
When a retired warrior woman loses her man, she can only go back to the warpath, oblivious of her motherly duties. A Silvery Earth novella.
Chronicles of the Varian Empire - The Enlightened Emperor
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,310. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Half-blood means "different". Good or evil depends on the point of view. The Genn were banished from the Varian Empire almost sixty years ago, their last town destroyed twenty-five years ago. Half-bloods have a hard time fitting in, especially if they have no idea of what they have lost.
Storia di calzamaglie?
By Barbara Sangiorgio
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,450. Language: Italian. Published: June 13, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Gli amore di Baldo Alfieri... o forse no. Non tutto è come sembra in questa storia, anzi!
Johnny & Marian
By B.G. Hope
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,460. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Marian doesn't love herself enough. Johnny loves himself too much. When a spell switches their places, one is upset, the other overjoyed. Being someone else can't be that hard. Or is it?
Racconti di Famiglia
By Barbara Sangiorgio
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,010. Language: Italian. Published: May 9, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Tre fratelli cresciuti all'estero e con madre straniera tornano in Italia alla fine degli anni 70. Istantanee della loro vita dall'adolescenza all'età adulta. Un romanzo a episodi con la storia di Beniamino, Marilena e Ludovico nell'Italia della fine del secolo scorso.
Obsession
By B.G. Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,030. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Two brothers in love with the same woman. Tragedy looms. *Bonus story* The Photographer A modern fairy tale involving top models and photographers.
Gianluca
By Barbara Sangiorgio
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,700. Language: Italian. Published: April 10, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Mare, sole, vacanze... e il Misterioso Qualcuno! 2x1 - racconto extra Fragolino un vino come una pozione magica
Chronicles of the Varian Empire - The Left-handed Warrior
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,490. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
(5.00)
The struggle between Humans and Genn gets vicious. Orphaned by Human bandits, adopted by Genn, seeking revenge and becoming a warrior under a not-so-accomodating Emperor. Especially if you refuse to serve him to side with the Genn.
Legacy
By B.G. Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
A dying man leaves a small apartment and his son to his lover.
Sanctuary
By Barbara Sangiorgio
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,850. Language: Italian. Published: March 12, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Una scrittrice di successo, uno spasimante molto più giovane... riuscirà a penetrare il santuario che lei si è costruita?
Allan de Sayek
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,150. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
A forbidden love. A marriage of interest. A second chance. An endless love only death can end.
A Bloody Story of Vampires
By Barbara G.Tarn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
(5.00)
Halloween - can the vampire be the real deal? Two good friends are in for the strangest Halloween of their life - and its aftermath.
Love&Prejudice
By B.G. Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,150. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
He's rich, she's not. Just another Cinderella story. BONUS STORY Legacy A dying man leaves a small apartment and his son to his lover. A m/m romance.
Books of the Immortals - Prequels
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: Free! Words: 16,820. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Welcome to Silvery Earth. This collection of shorts is an introduction to longer works.
Chonicles of the Varian Empire - The Spell
By Barbara G.Tarn
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,200. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012 by Unicorn Productions. Category: Fiction
Get on the wrong side of a powerful magic user and face the consequences. A spell sends him 100 years in the future. With no way back. Adapt or die. Living in the future - heaven or hell? With an embarrassingly adoring guide life can't be easy.
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Smashwords book reviews by Unicorn Productions

  • The Black God's War: A Novella Introducing a New Epic Fantasy on Sep. 11, 2010
    star star star star star
    A good taste of a bigger tale for all epic fantasy lovers out there.
  • Twenty-Somewhere on Dec. 12, 2010
    star star star star star
    I've long forgotten my 20s and I'm Italian (therefore with a different educational background, even from England), but I really enjoyed this story. It's witty, funny and dramatic at the same time. The characters are very real to me, even if I'm a foreigner and could be their mum. I look forward to read more about Sophie, Claudia and MJ!
  • 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire on Feb. 22, 2011
    star star star star star
    Very funny and highly entertaining, with some real travel tips thrown in - will have to keep this until the day I meet Louis de Pointe du Lac (Hollywood version, please)! Great job - must check the novels and will ASAP!
  • Wandering Koala meets the Beast who came for Christmas 1 of 3 on May 21, 2011
    star star star star star
    cool comic (an special thanks to the author for the article on "I love Smashwords")
  • Wandering Koala rides The Phantom Coach comic 1 on May 21, 2011
    star star star star star
    I like the mute protagonist! :-)
  • The Bones of the Sea on May 23, 2011
    star star star star star
    A very captivating sci-fi tale on how humans tend to destroy everything in their wake. If you had to face the protagonist's situation, what would YOU do?
  • Shades of Gray on June 23, 2011
    star star star star star
    OK, first of all, I'm not a fan of vampires and I'm stuck to Ann Rice's first 3 books (and I prefer the movie of Interview anyway, but I read also the Vampire Lestat and Queen of Darkness, then I had enough of the gore and quit). BUT Katelina's "voice" is so strong and funny (and in third person, yay!) that I really rushed through this. The right amount of gore, sex and humor, so to speak. And I look forward to start the second book of the series and all the short stories I skipped so far.
  • Legacy of Ghosts on July 21, 2011
    star star star star star
    it's good to be back in this world, even if Katelina is sometimes annoyingly stupid... but then, no conflict/wrong choices/stupid reactions, no story, right? Looking forward to the third book...
  • The Changeling King on Aug. 04, 2011
    star star star star star
    This is epic fantasy fantasy at its best, with visitors from Earth thrown to an alien world and viceversa. Action and humor are intertwined in a style I found very original and sort of old fashioned (reminding me of 19th century British novels) but good. It's the first of a series but has a kind of close in spite of the open ending. I might enjoy exploring this world again in the future, especially for the British flavor.
  • Cigs, Bolan & Strange Men with Guns on Aug. 09, 2011
    star star star star star
    a fast and entertaining read. Looking forward to more!
  • Alien Abduction on Sep. 19, 2011
    star star star star
    5 star story with 3 star execution. Lots of head hopping and omniscient narrator (which isn't necessarily bad, but needs some getting used to), and lots of indirect speech. The story is told more than shown and sometimes the repetitions slow down the action. I have very mixed feelings about this, I admit it! I liked the story, but those huge blocks of text made it for a slow read... do I want more? Maybe. Yeah, I guess I want to know what's next. But I'm not in a rush.
  • Flidderbugs on Sep. 20, 2011
    star star star star star
    I'm not a fan of talking animals (and even less insects), but this satire was wonderful. I read it in two sitting and recommend it to both adults and children - the latter will enjoy the story, but their parents will be able to read the subtext. Must check more about this author!
  • Ties of Blood on Sep. 25, 2011
    star star star star star
    It's good to be back in this world. It's bad it's not the last book and the happily ever after seems so far away. I KNOW the next thing on Jorick and Katelina's schedule won't go as smoothly as they plan! And I'll have to wait until next year? Yikes! That's torturing your readers! Anyway, another dose of fun AND gore with the right amount of sex and action was very welcome... Did I mention that Jorick has become my favorite vampire? And I have mixed feelings about the newcomer, red-headed Verchiel... much like Katelina!
  • The 4 Types of Artists – Starving, Dying, Dead, and Rich! on Sep. 26, 2011
    star star star star star
    Absolutely love the Mighty Caricaturist - and if she feels like Hulk, I'll kindly remind her she's more like a She-Hulk (i.e. she has a brain)! Way to go, Shafali! We want more!
  • The 5 P's of Creativity on Sep. 26, 2011
    star star star star star
    Can't stick to those even if I'm "part-time" artist, but it's lovely... Will be waiting for more Shafali fun!
  • Coming Home (Dicky's Story) on Oct. 06, 2011
    star star star star star
    A very funny and inspirational story. I usually don't like first person narration, but this was another exception - the witty (male) protagonist captured me from the very beginning and I couldn't let the book down. Having Jewish friends and in spite of being very bad at maths, I figured out it's set in the 23rd century - but it's a very different century from Star Trek! ;-) A post-apocalyptic Earth and those Black Coats that reminded me of A stranger among us - underground. I recommend it to anyone who wants an uplifting love-story, regardless of his/her religion. Oh, but it's a sci-fi romance, so no hardcore sci-fi fans! ;-)
  • Cowboy Comes Calling on Oct. 09, 2011
    star star star star star
    quick and hot indeed! :-)
  • Think Like a Publisher on Oct. 09, 2011
    star star star star star
    a must for every indie author. Yes, it's free on Dean's blog, but like Krista says, it's good to have it in one place for reference! :-)
  • Doodling on Oct. 24, 2011
    star star star star star
    this fast and funny satire reminded me of the Little Prince (although I read it many many years ago, but the traveling through planets or asteroids is similar) AND the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy. A very enjoyable read.
  • Black Market Romance: Three Love Stories from the Draconian Underworld on Oct. 27, 2011
    star star star star
    Hot and sexy... albeit very unusual! My favorite is the first story. I had trouble reading da sista, but it's just me...
  • The Glendale Witch on Oct. 29, 2011
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    I'm not really in the target audience for this book, but it is well written and fast paced and with some underlying humor (unless it's the cynical adult me who saw it). Recommended for all YA readers, but mostly girls. Ever wanted to be a witch? This is the book for ya!
  • The Other Slipper on Feb. 20, 2012
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    A Cinderella spinoff or at least another take on the glass slippers story. A funny and entertaining mission where not everything is as expected - quite the opposite! For fairy tales and fantasy lovers of all ages.
  • In My Shoes on March 18, 2012
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    I won this book in a giveaway, which means I might have not put it on my TBR list, but I enjoyed it nevertheless - in spite of not being the target audience. It's a fun read, the only critique I have is the use of first person but from two characters point of view, which sometimes makes it hard to understand who's talking until a few paragraphs in the chapter as both characters sound the same. It's a great body swap story, though, and I'm glad I had the chance to read it!
  • Two People Having Sex (An Erotic Parody) on March 27, 2012
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    It’s brilliant and funny! It’s also very short, so really, give it a shot – I love parodies when they’re well done!
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on May 05, 2012
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    A must for all indie authors - even those who are already aware of those "secrets". There's no one way for everyone, but it all starts with one Great Book. And another. And another. Fair companion to the Marketing Guide by the same author.
  • Masked Identities on May 24, 2012
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    probably because I'm not American, I couldn't relate to the main story, but I loved the Victorian London parts. I wish Sebastian and Ambrose's story was the main and only story... but now I'm going to check other books by this author!
  • First Impressions Don't Count on June 12, 2012
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    The first "gifted" book of my Smashwords library, and I have some mixed feelings about it. On one hand it was too slow-paced for my tastes, too much "boring" description (but then, I'm someone who hates descriptions, so I found myself skipping paragraphs of foods, clothes or even - I don't know - glass-making or how to ride a bike) and felt as if the author has done a lot of research on various things and had to put them all in the novel. The extended families with many names - often quite similar - were also sort of confusing (and I often wondered "Who's this again?") and sometimes it was a bit repetitive - OK, much like real life, I guess. On the other hand it was funny and poignant and the interactions between the characters was endearing. I chuckled during most dialogs and it's a sweet romance.
  • Wrath, Prequel to Tredan's Bane on July 12, 2012
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    a good world building setting up for the novel. Interesting views of magic - should try the novel sometime in the future. Short but good!
  • Lipstick Tales on Nov. 07, 2012
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    Quick and sweet reads for romantic moods... Hoping to see longer works from this author soon!
  • Ashes of Deceit on Jan. 24, 2013
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    Another instalment in my favorite vampire series - and I'm not a vampire fan, in case you're wondering. My first and last vampires books were the first 3 Ann Rice's books in the late 1990s and I was so NOT impressed that I quit after Queen of the Damned and thought I'd never read another vampire book after those 3. Then comes the new millennium, blogging and Joleene Naylor. Now I'll have to wait for book 5, gah! Anyway, I still love her humor, her perfect balance of adult themes and gore, and her crazy characters who often take over her blog, so you better follow that as well. Sometimes I feel sorry for Katelina and Jorick - will they ever be free? ;) And what is really going on in Verchiel's head? Only the author will tell...
  • Ashes of Deceit on Jan. 24, 2013
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    Another instalment in my favorite vampire series - and I'm not a vampire fan, in case you're wondering. My first and last vampires books were the first 3 Ann Rice's books in the late 1990s and I was so NOT impressed that I quit after Queen of the Damned and thought I'd never read another vampire book after those 3. Then comes the new millennium, blogging and Joleene Naylor. Now I'll have to wait for book 5, gah! Anyway, I still love her humor, her perfect balance of adult themes and gore, and her crazy characters who often take over her blog, so you better follow that as well. Sometimes I feel sorry for Katelina and Jorick - will they ever be free? ;) And what is really going on in Verchiel's head? Only the author will tell...
  • Fiction River: Unnatural Worlds on May 01, 2013
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    Okay, can't give the half-star here, but it's 3 and a half if I do the maths. This anthology was a great read. Glad Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch went back to editing and publishing! 5 stars to: "The grasshopper and my Aunts", "Here, Kitty Kitty", Shadow side. 4 stars to: "Life between dreams", "That lost riddle", "Barbarians". 3 stars to: "Finally family", "Sisters", "Dog Boy Remembers". 2 stars to: "True Calling", "A taste of joie de vivre", "The witch's house" If you like short stories, don't miss it! :)
  • Oglers Inc. - 6 Stages of Ogling on May 18, 2013
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    This is a verbal caricature as funny as the others. Especially for us women, used to those oglers throughout our lives. She nailed it again! Yay for the Caricaturist!
  • Wyrd Worlds on Sep. 12, 2013
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    I'm in the anthology, so I didn't count my own story. I divided the star rating by 13 stories. My favorites are (in no particular order - or better in the order I read them in the anthology) The blue fial Explain that to a martian The Imaginary Invasion Monday Imps Mesrin Station