I live in a small hamlet called Gros Cap just west of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada on the magnificent shore of Lake Superior. I've always been a voracious reader, even as a child, and that has inspired me to create my own fantasy worlds. There's nothing quite like seeing your imagination transformed into a published novel. When I'm not writing, I'm working fulltime as a sales analyst, reading, doing challenging jigsaw puzzles, or enjoying the great outdoors with my hubby and my furry child, Misty.
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Wind and Fire
by Cheryl Landmark
Price: $2.99 USD. 80110 words.
Published on February 17, 2012. Fiction.
Zardonne, Master of the Dark Rift, has ripped a hole in the fabric of Tellaron and invaded with an army of hideous demons. Nineteen-year old Tenya must find her mother, the powerful sorceress, Elea, who is able to control the forces of the wind, and learn how to use her own power that manifests itself as white fire throughout her body in time to save Tellaron from the evil Demon Master.
Shadows in the Brook
by Cheryl Landmark
Price: $0.99 USD. 23320 words.
Published on January 17, 2012. Fiction.
Brooke Clayton must draw on all her strength and courage to survive on her widowed father's trap line with only the fiercely protective and loyal tame wolf Kanuk as her companion.
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Smashwords book reviews by Cheryl Landmark
on March 22, 2011
First of all, I simply love the cover! It depicts one of my favourite mammals, the wolf, and is very striking.
This is a well-written sci/fi story and a fast read. I finished it in one day. There isn't a lot of dialogue; most of the story is told through the perceptions and thoughts of the alien as he interacts with the humans on Earth, but it's still very interesting. I did become a little lost partway through the book when Mr. Whitaker goes into great detail about the technical aspects of the rocket, but that's because I'm not much of a technical/engineer-type person. I was very impressed by the author's obvious thorough research of the technology.
All in all, I enjoyed reading the book and will definitely read more of Mr. Whitaker's work in the future.
- Bad Blood
on May 03, 2011
Mr. Whitaker has created an enjoyable murder mystery wrapped up in a cocoon of vampirism. His characters are well-developed and likeable, especially the main female character, Katherine Platte, the consultant psychologist. I enjoyed her easy-going, humourous relationship with the personable and intelligent police inspector, Paul Stringer, and her rather more romantically-inclined relationship with the mysterious and handsome, Hugh Montecrief.
The book is not a very long one--it can be devoured in one or two sittings--but its alternative view on vampirism really makes you think about whether it really is a myth or possibly based in reality. Although it seems at times to jump all over the place with unconnected subplots, the story all comes together into a cohesive whole with a nice little twist at the end.
- The Other Slipper
on March 23, 2012
This was a fun, light, easy read and a creative twist on the Cinderella fairytale as told from the point of view of a palace servant girl after the famous ball. Jo's and Ron's journey to visit the Lady of Ould held my attention and kept me guessing as to what would happen next.
Speaking of Jo, I started out liking her at the beginning when she was shy, timid and awkward, but, as her journey progressed, she became very stubborn and nasty. I thought she was unnecessarily mean to Locke and couldn't really understand how his behaviour warranted such treatment from her. Sure, he might have acted a little smug at times, but his ultimate goal was to help her and Ron and yet she insisted on belittling his efforts every step of the way. She changed her attitude a bit at the end, which redeemed her somewhat in my eyes.
The ending was a bit anticlimatic. I guess I was expecting a little more drama and action, but it was all rather tame.
There were also some editing and grammatical errors, but, for the most part, the writing was quite well done. Although one thing that bothered me--and it's one of my pet peeves in other books as well--is the way the POV switched unexpectedly in places. The point of view started out mainly as Jo's, but somewhere in the middle of the book, it suddenly switched briefly to Ron or Locke and then back again to Jo.
All in all, a commendable effort from Ms. Udogu, and I would be more than willing to read more of her books in the future.
- 24:01 One Minute After
on March 23, 2012
First of all, I want to thank Eric Diehl for offering this little gem for free on Smashwords. I’m very glad I decided to give his anthology a try.
The author has a very good command of the written word and has published a collection of short stories that are obviously the product of a boundless and fertile imagination. He can lead the reader effortlessly into the scientific world of modern technology where nanobots inspire dread, or the whimsical world of fantasy where cat-like creatures play a strange and dangerous game, or the far reaches of space where interstellar pirates prey on cargo vessels, or an earth-like world where cruel aliens imprison humans in shanty towns. Some of the tales will make you laugh and some will make you shudder in horror.
My favourite stories were “A Simple Trade”, “Spirits of the ‘Cane”, “Vedara Lightstar”, and “A Second Rising”.
I would encourage anyone to give this anthology a try. I don’t believe you will be disappointed.
- Dance of the Goblins
on July 19, 2012
What a delightful, refreshing change from the usual fantasies about vampires, werewolves and fairies! Ms. Hawkins has written a very enjoyable story about goblins and the humans who are left to cope with life after the cataclysmic Turning. The descriptions of the Dance itself were very vivid and compelling.
Count Anton, one of the humans, and Haghuf, one of the goblins, were well-developed and likeable characters, who overcame their differences and historical prejudices to become trusted, loyal friends. The fact that Count Anton was also a shapeshifter who could assume the persona of a black wolf endeared him to me even further. :)
If I had one criticism, however, it would be the long episodes of storytelling and exposition that made up much of the book. It was interesting to learn about the history of the goblins and the society that had developed after the Turning, but these prolonged tales had a tendency to slow the pace quite a bit. I prefer a lot of action and magic in my fantasies.
All in all, I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it to others who are fans of this genre.
- Riley's Curse, A Moon's Glow Prequel
on Oct. 11, 2012
With some help from a good editor, this novella would probably have earned another star from me. There were quite a few misplaced or missing commas and apostrophes, and misspelled words such as "barley" for barely. I found some of the dialogue a bit stilted and clunky as well. And, there were places where the plot dragged a bit.
Despite these editorial and grammatical issues, the book, for the most part, was very entertaining. And, I absolutely love, love the cover!
As for the story itself, it was a refreshingly different take on the werewolf theme because we saw how the making of one could dramatically impact the changed person as well as his or her family. I admired Nathaniel's strength and determination not to become a monster even though he was not entirely successful in his vow not to kill humans. Nathaniel's family handled the strange, disturbing situation very well. Sadie was a great character, too, but we unfortunately didn't get to see a lot of her. Rowan was indeed a monster and I hope he gets his comeuppance in the future.
I would be very interested in reading the first full-length novel in this series by Ms. Smith.