Inspired by Walt Whitman and Carolyn Keefe, author D.G. Gass, from a young age, has always loved to write. It just took 40-years for her to believe in her work enough for it not to find the trash when she finished. Originally from Jeannette, PA, the Yankee transplant, currently resides in Columbia, SC with her husband and daughter, not to mention, three cats that own her.
A veteran of the US Air Force, whose day job is in healthcare IT, the author has a passion for veterans issues, which is the driving force behind her first book, "Ghosts of Arlington" (due to be released Nov 11, 2011). When she's not writing, she can be found curled up with a good book, working on handcrafts, or staring blankly at walls in a catatonic state.
D.G. Gass released her first poetry compilation, "Twilight Ponderings, Midnight Musings" at the beginning of 2011. The compilation is a series of poetry and prose that was born out of loving someone with diagnosed chronic depression.
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Twilight Ponderings, Midnight Musings
By D.G. Gass
Published: January 1, 2011.
A compilation of thirty six, mainly free verse, poems and musings of love, heartache and helplessness, born out of loving a person with chronic depression.
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Smashwords book reviews by D.G. Gass
- The Mastermind
on Dec. 11, 2010
The citizens of the quiet farming community of Bakersville now live in terror as a killer is running loose among them. His target, the property owners who refuse to sell to the new superstore that is planning on building there. In the middle, two love-struck teenagers, Ben Jay and Katie Prior, both members of the families that are potential targets of the assassin. Question is, will they be able to keep themselves, as well as their families from becoming victims to the greed of mind.
Author John Fitch V, takes us on a fast paced, suspense filled story of one man’s (and perhaps, one corporations) motivation of greed. Well written, the author adeptly incorporates the provocation of the killer with the motivation of the landowners who continue to refuse to sell to the giant corporation. Add a touch of conflict between the two teenagers and you have an enjoyable thriller.
As much as I liked it, I hope that one day we can convince Mr. Fitch to expand this story plot into a full-length novel. It didn’t take long to get involved in the storyline and then it ended too quickly, strong yes, but still I would have loved to found myself totally engrossed in it for hours. Regardless, it is still a very good story and I recommend it, especially if you enjoy suspense novels.
on Jan. 09, 2011
Author Steven Savile gives readers a small taste of his book "Gold" in this short story.
In "Ghostkillers", Savile's character, Noah Larkin returns home bringing with him the ghosts of his failures. In an attempt to lessen the pain of the memories, he turns to the comfort of an unlikely friend, Margot. When he realizes that she had been victimized, he sets out to right a wrong.
Cheesecake. Not the story, but the feeling that one might get after eating a slice of double chocolate cheesecake with a raspberry sauce that you would find at fine restaurant, made by a top-notch pastry chef. After having had a slice, you want more and look forward to the day that you can savor that taste again. That's how "Ghostkiller" left me after I finished reading it.
The sampling of Mr. Savile's upcoming novel achieved it's purpose with splendid results. A more then satisfying read that has the reader (or at least me) looking forward to when the novel "Gold" is released to find out what happened that caused those memories to haunt his character in the first place. Of course, now I'll have to go back and read "Silver" just to make sure I don't miss a thing.
If you enjoy thriller and suspense and have yet to read anything by Steven Savile, this is an excellent way to be introduced to his writings. And if you're a fan of the author and have yet to download this book, then what are you waiting for?
on Dec. 02, 2012
Morbid, sick, twisted, warped, bizarre. Words that come to mind after finishing John Paul Allen’s “House Guest“. And one other word comes to mind as well, excellent.
Told through the vantage point of the stories protagonist, an antihero that has taken up residence in Chasity Bream’s closet, John Paul Allen pushes social norms, acceptability and boundaries in, “House Guest“. A first person telling of a secret lover’s observations and desires as he lays in wait for when he can be alone with the object of his desire, who is now in a vegetative state. And that desire isn’t solely focused on her.
The author cleverly leads his readers into (what many would consider) the delusional mind of his protagonist as he envisions himself as some type of heroic lover. Allen’s attention to detail to scenes that would offend one’s sensibility, adds to the spine chilling effect of the story.
As a reader, I found “House Guest” disturbing on so many levels, which resonated long after I finished the story. That and the willingness of the author to push beyond the safe and acceptable conventions of story telling are the reasons that I thoroughly enjoyed my first reading of this author. It’s a dark, macabre and well written story.
Note: In all senses, this is a bizarre and disturbing story involving rape. While I enjoyed the story and found no glorification or romanticizing of rape, I wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers.