C. M. Truxler
C. M. Truxler was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and now lives in Arkansas with her family. She has been writing since she can remember; often entertaining friends by writing stories for them to read when she was younger. A Jack-of-all-trades, she has experience in many areas, but enjoys writing and editing the most. In the past, her works have been published in anthologies and on the web, and won awards for her poetry. She holds a number of degrees, and besides writing books, is also a freelance writer and editor, practicing her skills at every given chance. She writes fiction, fantasy, poetry, and nonfiction. Her dream has always been to be successful doing what she loves- writing.
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It's Only Natural
It’s Only Natural is a collection of poetry delving into the many emotions, facets, and perceptions that connects the human experience to the world of nature. This collection shines a light on the joys, and sorrows of that natural experience.
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- Poetry for the Heart
on March 15, 2012
A Work to be Warmly Remembered
Poetry for the Heart, by Christine Rice encompasses the journey of one human along life’s road. The poems are clear, easy to read, insightful, and expressive. Each work with the collection connects and relates to the traveler within all of us. It is a pleasure to read, and leaves one with the feeling of being an intricate part of the whole that is the humanistic existence.
I would recommend this work to any reader without hesitation. I have no doubt that it will leave them, like myself, feeling a resurgence of inner strength through the reflection of one’s own life. Wonderful work.
- Something's Coming
on April 01, 2012
Something's Coming by Lisa Schuch is a grand adventure into paranormal romance with a bit of suspense thrown in. The book's heroin, Roxxi, is strong as both a character and a person. This novel is a fantastic read; carrying with its words images of the happenings that bring the reader deep into the midst of tale as it unfolds.
This reader's only complaint is that it left me wanting more. Some consider that a mandate of a good book, play, movie, or show; but for the reader it breeds a great deal of irritation. Passed this small hiccup, Something's Coming is a wild and enthralling ride into the lives of characters that could easily be a friend or neighbor, but live extraordinary lives with exceptional abilities.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author. I would recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys the paranormal, a romance, some combination of both, or Fiction in general. Just be prepared to want more when finished...I know I did.
- Linehan's Trip
on July 10, 2012
Linehan’s Trip by Bryan Murphy
Set in the future, Bryan Murphy’s short story, Linehan’s Trip is an experience in the seedy underbelly of sports, both professional international league and those smaller who wish to be a part of the main stream. Murphy’s short tale is a precursor to his novel Goodbye Padania. The story is both an eyewitness account of racism gone to the extreme, and a main character with enough power in the right places to make or break another’s dreams of international play utilizing his own judgment.
At the fringes of it all is a stark reality of governmental control and media manipulation. The plot is original and leaves readers wishing to grasp the illusive knowledge that resides just under the surface, but is not visible to those searching. The main character of the piece, Sean Linehan, comes off as a self-absorbed womanizer who orders women like one would order lunch. He is, in many respects, unlikeable; and being so, places the motivation of even his few well-meaning actions into question.
This is a story of use, and abuse in many ways, pulling in stereotypical behavior to exemplify the themes of over indulgence and corruption. My greatest hope is that Murphy puts forth energy that is more descriptive in the upcoming novel this tale is based on. The house he has created has good bones, I would like to see him breathe life into it and create a real home for his characters and his topics.
- Budding Magic (The O'Byrne Daughters - Book One)
on Aug. 20, 2012
Budding Magic by L S Fayne is Blooming Beautifully
Budding Magic by L S Fayne, the first book in the fantasy fiction series, is a wondrous and beautiful telling of the tale of the O’Byrne Daughters. The children of Aine and Keegan O’Byrne have all inherited the magic that runs through their lineage; this novel explores their lives during and after the passing of their parents. The cover does not do justice to the content. It is a magnificent tale, which is wonderfully written.
The title of main character is passed from parent to child and then shared by the daughters themselves, much like the magic running through the characters’ veins. Each character is painstakingly crafted with just enough description to create a vivid and elaborate image in the reader’s mind of this beautiful portion of Ireland and its inhabitants. This novel enfolds the reader in the tale and builds its world around each to place him or her at the heart of the story. Fayne has created a storyline, and the telling there of, that not only gives the reader a front row seat to the happenings, but pulls each into the tale to feel and be transported by its words.
The plot is highly developed and beautifully written. Each movement of the characters affects his or her surrounding landscape as if Aine herself had charmed the very land. The tale is straightforward, but far from plain. Many writers would stumble trying to create such an intricate tale, but Fayne does so seemingly effortlessly and the reader is all the better for it. From the Emerald Isles to the reader’s hands, this is magic not to be dismissed.
- Spot of Gold
on Sep. 12, 2012
Spot of Gold No Longer Glimmers
Spot of Gold by Celia Kyle is an Erotic Romance short story that delves into a chance meeting between a human and a Leprechaun. Speculation of such a plot could be engrossing for some readers, as the premise leaves a wide territory for imagination to roam. However, while the main character, Cassie Manousakis, a work-weary young woman, is well enough written, she and her counterpart character seem to lack the infusion of life force that such interaction requires.
The plot is reminiscent of the old film, Groundhog Day, in that the happenings are spoken as repetitive actions, which is an unfortunate misstep. What could be written as a charming and enthralling portrayal of a reoccurring gesture of caring and devotion reads as more of a sub-mention to fill space. If one wishes to pick up a short tale with plenty of erotic folderol, a little romance, and more of a telling of a story than a connective tale that develops images within the reader’s mind, then this one is for you. However, if a person requires a detailed and strong connection between the characters as well as between story and reader, than I am sorry to say that this novel will do little to fill a reader’s ravenous appetite for experiencing the happenings with a tale.
I would like to see the tale pulled and revamped. As I stated at the beginning, it is an interesting premise, and the bare bones of the piece were not bad. The tale needs a spark of life that a more developed, and larger, dose of content would go a long way in creating.