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  • If You Go Into The Woods on July 07, 2011

    "Unsettling" ... absolutely! In a wonderful can't stop thinking about it way! I really enjoyed both short stories..which are difficult to talk about, for me anyway, as I do not want to give anything away! ;) 'If you go into the woods' was great and even though I love the forrest around my home..it will now hold a new little bit of .. wait, did you hear that??? Sorry, it's just me, hopefully! 'The reset button' I loved too. I was more curious about what was happening in this second story, as opposed to feeling very anxious like I was with the the first story! Enough information was given about the characters that I was interested in them and cared about what happened to them. Of course I had a million questions and would have loved to have known more..but it added to it somehow. My mind can go over it and over it trying to think of interesting or scary or funny or sad things that could happen! So even though I finished reading quite quickly, it has stayed with me and my heart beats faster every time I think of a few key words out of the first story...READ IT AND YOU'LL SEE!!
  • Transfection on July 08, 2011

    I liked this short story..not as much as 'If You Go Into The Woods'..but the story is totally different also. It was a lot of information and detail for a short story, felt like it ended to soon. Although that is part of what draws me to Davids other stories...so… It jumped around a little bit too much for me. Felt like it really wanted to go longer and I think it would have been great if it had, even just a little bit! All in all it's a good book!
  • The Paperboys Club on Aug. 05, 2011

    Really great read!! The description sounded interesting, but I wasn’t sure what to expect so I was quite pleasantly surprised! I really liked all the main characters…even ones I wasn’t sure were ‘good’ or ‘bad’… I just knew I wanted to know more and couldn’t stop reading until I found out!! Sam is written wonderfully as a single mother of a smart young girl, Maryann. Sam is unsure of how to handle her at times, like most parents … at the same time she’s this kick-butt detective with an awesome partner, in a pretty male driven line of work, doing the best job she can, always feeling like she’s coming up short either as a mother, a detective, or both. It feels at first like it’s a bit all over the place with a lot going on but it’s all pulled together so well when… I find it difficult to say much without saying too much!! I’m obviously not a writer! J The worst part, as usual in any good book, was realizing it was coming to an end! I wanted to know more about the things happening to these people, adults and children. How and why it stared, how and why it changed and how are they going to deal with those changes?? If there isn’t another book I hope one day there will be because I really enjoyed learning the in’s and out’s of these peoples lives and I’d love to see how the rest of the story unfolds!!!
  • Restless Highways on Aug. 10, 2011

    Great short stories! As promised perfect for “around the campfire”!!! They grabbed you… pulled you in… freaked you out… then left you alone to deal with the consequences! It works! But some just really made me feel more… want more! Which is probably the point, but these are a couple I would LOVE to hear more about= Arrival: with the cage in the lot… perfect beginning… would LOVE the rest! Fair Warning: the girl that ‘knows’ things about the town… why, how and what else does she know?? What happens next or what came before?? I also can’t wait to get and read Weaver of Darkness now that I’ve read the Black Days and White Knights short!!! Fun collection of shorts that make you think a little too much of what may be in the dark, or wonder who, or what, is really making that noise!?!?
  • Kings & Queens on Aug. 24, 2011

    Good book. ‘Maj’ is a great character, going through a lot to say the least! She’s a fighter while still being vulnerable and I love that about her! Once it got going it was interesting and I wanted to find out who did what and why… but the why wasn’t explained enough for me. I needed to know more of the back round or something more about ‘them’. It could have done without all the fluff of soooooo many unnecessary “big” or descriptive words… there were several times when sentences or paragraphs felt like they were just about words not what was happening and it took me out of the moment. Just needs to be tightened up a bit in editing, but overall a good book.
  • The Old One on Sep. 07, 2011

    I really enjoyed this book! I read it in an afternoon! Had to!! It kind of had a Twlight Zone feel to it… getting stuck in a small town where everyone and everything is just a little off but no one really wants to talk about it! The way it slowly but persistently builds to the end… then it’s more intense than any TZ I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them! Todd does a great job of describing the area, the weather, the people… the monster!!! It was easy to feel for these characters and be interested in what was happening to them! The monster was awesome! So different, but I could easily picture what I thought it would look like. It’s something I could have read more about because I found myself saying “wait… where did it come from and why… what would happen if they…??”(oops... can’t give too much away!) but it lets your imagination run wild which is really interesting and fun too!
  • What Fears Become on Sep. 07, 2011

    This was a great book! Right from the beginning.. the forward by Simon Clark was gripping and beautiful! He also spoke of Jeani Rectors ‘TheHorrorZine’, which I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on! She is also the editor of this book and has two of her own stories in the ‘Editor’s Corner’ at the end, which are fantastic!! In between are some wonderfully creepy short stories and poetry, let alone the incredible art! Jeani has gathered a remarkable group of people and put them in one book! I love the bio at the end of each story, poem or piece of art… it gave me the opportunity to go to his or her site and find even more things to explore and enjoy! Disturbing or beautiful you cannot deny pure talent!!
  • Shrinkage on Sep. 14, 2011

    Soooo funny! I had in mind the oh so funny Seinfeld episode when I saw the name of the book… so in that context, if it was a show more about George’s life and bad choices and on a pay cable channel with really raunchy comedian, then it totally fits!! It’s very adult humor, so be warned!! But there were a several parts that I just had to read out loud, between hysterical fits of laughter, to my husband who was also busting up! All in all it’s about coming to terms with who you are and finding great happiness there! A super funny way to get there I must say!!
  • Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should on Sep. 14, 2011

    I’ve read a couple of David’s short stories and loved them! I knew he was a great writer but I wasn’t sure if that would spill over into a ‘how to’ book… of course it did!! Awesome job! The way he talks you through every aspect of self-publishing (plus all the why and why not’s) is great! It makes you excited to try and interested in learning how! It’s very conversational… not preachy! He gives you both sides of the story, which I like a lot. In part one, he’s very detailed in his explanation of how the numbers break down, or could break down and helps you understand this eBook world we’re now in. Part two, he tells you step by step how and why you need to do certain things while writing, editing, designing a cover, formatting or blogging and then how and where to look for help in these areas. In part three there are a number of success stories!! Plus several appendixes with resources and other great practical info like copyrights, short stories, going International and more. As others have said, some of this information can be found in pieces around the web, but to have it all in one place and so easy to access and read is perfect!
  • The Crystal Towers (Solaire Series #1) on April 02, 2012

    Great book! A quick read...it's so well written, clear and concise, that it's easy to finish in one sitting! Roman Solaire is a very cool character..strong and truly cares about trying to do the right thing! I sure hope to see many more books involving him and his new, not totally unwelcome, side kick!
  • Shadows From the Past on April 02, 2012

    I enjoyed this book very much! It was really well written .. good suspense .. made you keep moving forward because you needed to know the explanation! It also had a very positive message woven throughout! It was nice that it had some romance & chemistry but done very cleanly & respectfully! But there was no denying the connection which was great!! I look forward to finishing the second book to learn even more about this amazing family! Thanks!
  • Shadows of Suspicion on April 02, 2012

    I was looking so forward to this 2nd book about this wonderful family that I just can't get enough of...and I was NOT disappointed!! Another great story with all kinds of mischief to be involved in and get your heart pounding, plus lots of romantic tension while keeping it respectful! Plus we get to learn a little bit more about the rest of the family which just makes me so excited about reading more!! Looking forward to the next one!!
  • The Enemy in the Mirror on April 10, 2012

    Loved this story! It was an easy quick read…but had lasting effects…I found myself thinking about it later. Wondering how things got to be this way and would be after…oops…can’t say to much. But it’s a fun story with a great feel and gives us something to learn from whether we realize it or not! It’s well written and the creature is beautifully described! I would love to know more about this world!
  • Dorrin's End on April 10, 2012

    Great little short! Only takes a couple minutes and is a good little story for to keep your mind off waiting for the doctor to call you back! J It’s a good premise and it did have me feeling curious about these two men and how they came to be and what their lives were like before and after this incident! Would make an interesting novel!!
  • The Crystal Cavern on April 11, 2012

    This is a great fantasy short story! Learning about Taran’s world of being a wizard vs. being a sorcerer (the later of which supposedly do not exit…think again!) It’s a great little journey into another life!
  • Staying Human on April 27, 2012

    This is an intense, action packed, roller coaster ride of a book with incredible fight scenes! It pulls you in right from the beginning! You need to get answers to the same questions Jack himself is looking for (“who or what am I?”)! Plus, you fall in love with Leni right away and need to find out what happens to her! Jack is an awesome lead character! He’s a mystery… even to himself. He cares about the things happening around him, though he try’s to stay as disconnected as possible, but when he meets Sarah and her daughter Leni, however brief, there’s a connection he can’t explain. Leni seems to right away feel safe with Jack, though neither can explain why! Sarah takes a little bit more convincing to be able to trust him, but isn’t really given a choice as the adventure is very quickly in full swing and they have to fight for their lives every step of the way!! I can’t say too much as I don’t want to give away any of the book! So that I don’t come across as disingenuous, I must tell you that the author is my son! I know, I know… but trust me when I tell you that I don’t write any of this for that reason! I don’t give him any breaks because of it; in fact, I’m probably harder on him then most. Ask him, he’ll tell you the same I’m sure. But I did truly enjoy this book! I thought it was a well thought out interesting story told exceptionally well. He put a lot of time and effort into it for a very long time and I think it shows! I hope you all enjoy it as much I did!
  • You, Fascinating You on May 09, 2012

    This story based on the lives of Margit Wolf, a Hungarian ballerina, and Pasquale Frustaci, an Italian composer and eventually their son Cesare Frustaci, absolutely amazing! It shouldn’t be a surprise I suppose that Margit Wolf was as strong a woman as she was based just on the fact that she was a ballerina which, I think, is one of the most disciplined of the arts… but the horrors she, and so many others, had to endure are beyond comprehension! The love she felt for Pasquale, deserved or not, was incredible. I honestly can’t do justice to the descriptions throughout this book of her love of dance…it was her breath, gave her life…and then husband and wife having to deal with all the huge political changes happening around them and how Margit pushed forward through the most horrific things any person should ever have to see in any lifetime, feeling she had to get, at least, her son back to her husband after being forcibly separated, hoping this would keep her little boy safe! The sheer force of will this took in the face of such hatred toward Jews at that time is awe-inspiring! At the end of the book are a couple things written by Margit and Pasquale’s son, Cesare, which are wonderful and heartfelt! I would love to hear him speak one day! This is a beautifully written emotional book and I would highly recommend it to anyone!!
  • Hammerhead on May 10, 2012

    This is a great short story! Martin is a pretty interesting character to say the least! As he very casually tells us his killing history, you kind of can’t help but like him, whether you agree with his choices or not. He just makes it seem so normal to literally take a hammer to someone’s head because they have in some way personally offended you! I found myself laughing out loud at his comments about how horrible these people (those unlucky enough to make it onto his ‘List’!) were and how much he hated them, so he HAD to kill them, duh!?! It was his job. Not getting at all that his reaction and follow through might be a little extreme! Another wonderfully written, super entertaining short story!
  • The Royal Bank of Lords (Solaire Series #2) on July 25, 2013

    This second book in the Roman Solaire series is another fun and exciting quick read from Mobashar Qureshi! Solaire is once again strong in his desire to get some justice for those wronged...no matter what he has to do or endure to get it done...seems contradictory, but it totally works! I was super happy to once again see LeVack back as the mysterious yet loveable unasked for 'partner'...they are pretty great together! It’s a short story so there isn’t a ton of character development…but it slowly gives you bits and pieces of the main characters to make you pull for them because you know they’re trying to do the right thing. It’s fast paced so it keeps your attention. I’d love one day to see novel length book with more background and depth given on of these main characters! Moving on to the next adventure in book #3 right now!!
  • The Paradise Gallery (Solaire Series #3) on July 30, 2013

    This, the 3rd book in the Roman Solaire series, was another fun adventure! These books are short easy to read books filled with action. When you read all of them you slowly learn more and more tidbits about the main characters and you fall in love with them. Being men and in the kind of work they are in, they're never gushing with emotional details about themselves, and to be honest, I doubt I’d like them as much if they did. They have jobs to do...jobs that come very close to killing them way too often, so sharing personal info isn't high on their to do list! Getting the job done and done right is! This particular story stuck me as great timing as far as government, or private sector, having and keeping information on the general public! Scary possibilities out there!! Once again though Roman, and his awesome sidekick Levack, get in, seemingly, over their heads and Roman almost pays the ultimate price!! Once again I'd love to, at some point, see a novel size book to really sink my teeth into...but until then these are some wonderful and exciting short stories to lose yourself in for a bit!!
  • Don't Be a Hero: A Superhero Novel on Oct. 23, 2013

    First off let me say I really enjoyed this book! It was fasted paced, and action packed with a lot of interesting detail! But I also need to say that, since it was a book about superheroes, I thought it might also be good for kids…and I’m glad I read it before recommending it to a young person as I feel it has some strong language and some very awkward and unnecessary sex scenes that make it unsuitable for kids!! Back to my liking the story…I really enjoyed the relationship between Spook and The Carpenter a lot! It was very real. Both having loved ones that were scared and angry to have them go off and fight, or maybe just not feeling involved enough, these are things that, it seems, may happen. Or the fact that they, especially Spook, didn’t always feel like doing the “right” thing for people that hated meta humans and didn't want them around for the most part. Made them easy to relate to. All the characters were very well flushed out with interesting back-stories.