A little about me…
In second grade, I couldn’t get enough Star Trek and Lost in Space, even though they were reruns of the old series. When the first Star Wars movie came out, I must’ve seen it over twenty times. I went on to reading more science fiction and fantasy, and usually I prefer novels because they can capture the world building better than any movie can. I’ve read so many science fiction books it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite. I like many of the classic science fiction authors who are now in their sixties and seventies.
Eventually, I started coming up with ideas for characters, plots and worlds. I tend to have an overactive imagination and the only way to unload is to start writing. My dreams are very vivid and I remember many of them. Part of this is portrayed in one of my characters, a psychic, Ian Connors, who has visions about the present and future. Anything new in science and technology is always an interest to me. I love to keep learning and put a lot of research into my books. When it comes to reading, I’m always looking for a unique premise and I strive for the same thing in my books. Although I tend to lean toward speculative fiction, I’m open to other genres as well.
Being able to connect with other writers via blogs or groups has been very motivational for me. In between raising kids, I've worked as freelance editor, web-designer, database programmer and computer instructor. In my spare time, I like doing outdoor things as you can see in the pictures below.
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Smashwords book reviews by Cindy Borgne
- Olga - A Daughter's Tale
on June 03, 2011
This story is a great read that brings with it wisdom to be gained based on real life events. It’s not your typical novel because it’s told through a series of letters and diary entries. At first I didn’t think that this format would interest me, but the more I read the more I found it compelling.
Most of the diary entries and letters are from three women: Lucy, Becky and Olga. Through their eyes, I learned interesting and well described details about Jamaican beliefs and customs. I also learned what it was like in England during World War Two. The three women are likable and down to earth types. Lucy and Becky were originally from England and it was interesting to see how they adapted to Jamaica. They even became somewhat caught up in the dark magic practiced by Jamaicans.
The women all experience hard times, and Olga is the one who had the roughest life. There were times she frustrated me, but overall her courage and determination amazed me. Even after I was done reading, I couldn’t help thinking about her and what she accomplished considering her situation.
If you’re looking for the intensity of the typical genre novel, this isn’t it. The format (diaries and letters) basically means the story is told, and telling always tones down any intensity. Yet, I continued to want to get back to it. The strongest points about this story are that it’s about real people, and therefore the characterization is excellent. The story is so well written it puts you right into the time period and locations. Readers who enjoy history and genealogy are going to be especially interested. I highly recommend it.
- One-Way Ticket to Midnight
on June 15, 2011
When I began to read this story, the main character Roy Porter captured my interest. He’s not the typical main character. At some point he gave up on life and became homeless. This doesn’t sound like a hero. His life gets even worse when he becomes a suspect in a string of unusual murders because he knew all of the victims. Of course, he didn’t do it and he tries to get help from his friend Jim who is a psychic, into the mystical and uses his power for good. As the story progressed, I wanted to know how Roy got to the point where he gave up on life. These details are dished out in a way that kept me wanting to turn the pages to find out more. Jim also made me curious. There is comic relief between these two, and they make for an entertaining pair as they try to stop the real killer who, of course, uses his magic for evil.
Roy has many obstacles to face if he’s going to clear his name and the problems become bigger than that as the real killer grows in power. He is up against both dark external forces and his own internal conflict. Roy has to solve both if he’s going to survive, and I found the way the author weaved these two elements together masterfully done. This is what makes "One Way Ticket to Midnight" a 5 star read.
- A Dead God's Wrath
on Oct. 15, 2011
Good Book Alert Review
In the year 1895, Thomas O’Brien is a young man caught up with the wrong “people” and trying to make sense of things going on around him. His best friend, Nate, secretly borrows money from the O’Malley brothers to help their feed store. When he doesn’t pay it back, they are attacked. The woman Thomas loves, Mary, is kidnapped by the evil group of brothers.
I found this story to be a unique and interesting read because it blends science fiction with a western setting. Here is another author who has great skill with description and word usage that puts the reader right into the era. He also hooked me into caring about Mary, which upped the tension of Thomas’ fight to save her from the dreaded O’Malley brothers. At the same time, he struggles to comprehend the supernatural things happening around him.
I enjoyed the way the author slowly brought in hints that this is not an ordinary brush with criminals. About halfway through, I couldn’t put it down. This is a character story that asks the question “How does a man of the late 1800’s cope with the extraordinary and possibility alien happenings?” He’s a man who has never even seen a television, but at best has only read one or two early science fiction stories. How does he comprehend these happenings?
As the story rolls along, questions come up about Mary and her friend Charles who helps them. Charles is the mysterious man on the cover. I can’t say too much about this without causing a spoiler, but some of the questions I had were only answered vaguely at the conclusion. I would’ve liked to see a few more explanations – perhaps by switching to Mary’s viewpoint.
However, I still found the story intriguing and enjoyable. Since it’s a novelette, it maintains a focus on what Thomas considers to be the most important, despite his confusion and while the ending didn’t answer all the questions, it was also somewhat inspirational. I highly recommend this novelette.
- The Insanity of Zero
on Oct. 12, 2012
An interesting short prequel to Slipstream.
In this is a short story, the reader learns about an artificial intelligence called Z.E.R.O. who restores a world called Avalon after an apocalypse. Later, this A.I ends up merging with a human mind, which causes it to develop a split personality brought out from a fear of dying. The dark part of his personality “Shadow” will do whatever it takes to survive. The world of Avalon turns dark in more than one way.
I enjoyed all the details that go into this world and the history of how it unfolded. I feel it’s a good read before or after reading the novel Slipstream. Readers who love complex and unique world building will especially be interested.