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  • The Last Giant on Jan. 26, 2011

    Apart from some minor grammatical errors, this is quite a pleasant read. An interesting story about how size does not matter, all that matters in the end is working together. That being different is ok. Nice twist at the end.
  • Fair Price on Jan. 26, 2011

    A good start for further exploration.
  • A Jalapeno For The Vampire on March 05, 2011

    A short story with a twist. Not your average run of the mill vampire story which seems to be all the rage these days. Sometimes vampires are evil, they don't fall in love and seduce their food.
  • Swallow the Moon on Aug. 26, 2011

    Ghosts, Wiccans, demonically possessed motorcycle, true love..... I don’t read romance novels. I don’t read paranormal romance novels. When the author asked for readers to review her paranormal ghostly romance, I thought what the hell the worst is that I could positively hate it right? Well I was pleasantly surprised. While the romance genre is certainly not something I will actively read, it’s not half as bad as I thought it would be. The story centres around June, a Wiccan accountant at a failing company looking for her soulmate, and Eric, a troubled Vet who saw action in Afghanistan. He returns home after his second tour of duty to find his marriage over and his life in tatters. The lab he works for closes just as he purchases a motorcycle. From Hell. The ghost of the first owner, a woman called Cora Cobra, hovers in and around the motorcycle. Eric is hooked the minute he sees it and buys it from a widow whose husband, an undercover Narc, died when losing control of the motorcycle in a bend in the road. Jake’s ghost haunts the motorcycle too but he is trapped, unlike Cora's ghost. She's evil. Eric and June meet one night when he is driven off the road by men in an SUV right outside of June’s home. She calls the police and an ambulance after they drive off, unable to find Eric and make sure he is dead. She keeps the motorcycle in her garage for Eric, who is taken off to hospital to patch him up. Over the next few days, he stays with her while looking for Van Man Go, the man who painted Cora’s portrait on the motorcycle, and recovering from his injuries. He wants to restore the bodywork. June senses the ghost of Cora around the motorcycle, she feels the evil in it. And then there’s that instant attraction going on between them. And what’s up with the ghostly visits in her bedroom? And the roses he keeps leaving? Overall, a good read, for the paranormal genre. While it doesn’t inspire me to go out and buy more of this type of book, it was a pleasant change from my normal reading list. I will however make sure to find other books written by the author.
  • The Mike Murphy Files on Nov. 10, 2011

    The author was kind enough to send his latest collection of six short stories to me during a recent giveaway at The Indiespot. This collection differs vastly from his first, The Model Universe And Other Stories. The first two stories feature private eye Mike Murphy and his girlfriend Maura, a selkie, as they track down missing dogs, deal with ogres, leprechauns and zombies in a very Humphrey Bogartesque retro setting. Then there's Santa Claus who has to fight the Mafia for his Santa sack, a young girl's strange inheritance from her uncle, a walk through a planning department for nursery rhyme characters enough to give anyone a migraine and a fairytale with a twist. If you enjoy humorous stories that will have you laughing out loud, then spend the money and buy this book.