E. Patrick Dorris
In my forty something years I have generated a very broad set of experiences and interests, but through it all, I have always read. It seems that at times it is harder to find books that enthrall me, although admittedly I am behind on my reading, so I decided to start writing the kind of stories I'd want to read.
I have always had stories in my head, they intrude at the strangest times. At some point, I discovered that when I took the time to write them down, more stories kept pouring out. There are so many ideas I have, it seems like there won't be enough time to get to them all. I'm starting with one story, in one particular style. But other stories, in different styles are coming. Stay tuned.
My goal in writing is above all to entertain.
Thank you in advance for giving me that opportunity.
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- Kept (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Blood Lust, novella 1)
on Dec. 12, 2008
I don't know why no one has reviewed this before. I don't read romances or paranormal stuff in general, but the author has such a crisp, descriptive style that I was drawn right into the story. You don't know me, but my friends say I'm a picky reader. I put books back on the shelf in the bookstore all the time because either they failed to grab my attention, or they were so poorly written that they couldn't keep it.
Give this book a read, you won't regret it.
- Tristan of Dintagell (First of Two)
on Jan. 05, 2009
This is the kind of book I have been looking for since I joined, an articulate, well written yet entertaining novel. 50% was available for free perusing, but Leah's style of writing meshed so well with the way I read that I knew within the first several pages that I would enjoy the book.
My only gripe is that she posted the appendix for free. Now I'll have to go read that before finishing her two parts of this novel so that I may have a slight chance at pronouncing the Celtic words right, in my head at least.
Thank you for posting your book here for me to find.
- Sweet as Honey - Romance Short Story
on May 21, 2009
Interesting short. The dialog was smoothly written except for a few minor typos. Kept me reading, and with just enough detail around the characters to paint a good picture.
A bit of a pat ending, but worth a read.
- 101 Degrees Fahrenheit
on July 20, 2009
I usually don't read this kind of story, but I had to see what the single most downloaded piece of fiction at Smashwords was all about. A captivating read.
- The Cahuac Cycle
on July 24, 2009
I originally reviewed this as part of a set of stories in Pure Escapism, Volume One. I thought I'd repost my review here, in a slightly edited format for anyone who missed it.
"Cahuac and the Sun," reminded me so much of Native American myths (although clearly not set in that milieu, at least not in this universe) that I could see Mr. Warwick writing a believable mythological background for a world of his own making. It was completely original, but with themes and elements so familiar that if one slipped it into a book containing hunter-gatherer or early agriculturist myths, not many would suspect it was not authentic myth.
- Smashwords Style Guide
on Aug. 01, 2009
After seeing the results of some books here that were not formatted using this guide, I am glad that I read this simple yet indispensible guide and use it for everything I have published so far.
Underestimate the importance of this guide and it's instructions at your peril. OK, maybe not peril, but do what it says, please!
- Empire Under the Earth
on Sep. 17, 2009
This is the kind of stuff I've been waiting to have show up here since I joined! 50% sample...I sampled around 2% and knew I had to have the book. I absolutely love old cliffhanger/adventure fiction, and finding this new story is like realizing I missed a story by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I'll write another review after I finish the story, I'm just so jazzed I had to get something on here right away.
- Ghost Of The Black: A 'Verse Full Of Scum
on Oct. 19, 2009
I really liked how the futuristic setting took a back seat to the almost crime-noir story and character. It was like Micky Spillaine meets Bladerunner. I could actually go back and read some old hard-boiled detective fiction after this, but I'd have a feeling that this would still be more fun!
A couple of places the author slipped into present tense language in the narration, and it took me a little out of the story, but only a little. This was a fun read and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for such.
- Fortunate Age
on Nov. 03, 2009
I almost missed the fact that it is an alternate history story, but I'm glad I looked over it twice and read the sample portion. No, I haven't read all 800+ pages yet, but I've read enough to know a well written story when I see one. It's not perfect, but in my opinion Miss Lanier is a real diamond in the rough (but not too rough at that). Not only has she created a plausible alternate world, but has also done an admirable job telling about it in a voice that wouldn't have been out of place in Victorian/Edwardian literature, no mean feat by any standards. Pay no attention that she is still in high school, or pay lots of attention because her future works will be ones to look for with relish.
I'll get back to you in 750 pages...
- There Honour Lies
on Nov. 04, 2009
Slightly darker and definately more somber than other entries from the Pure Escapism series, this short story is a gritty yet poignant glimpse of a medieval battlefield and the cost of honor.
- The Door Into Fire
on Feb. 04, 2010
Well, as someone who has been reading science fiction and fantasy for over thirty years, I'm embarrassed that I missed this the first time around. I'm glad that Ms. Duane decided to try posting it here, and I hope that she will make more of her works available. I don't know how long, if ever, it would have taken me to find, much less read this book at a used bookstore.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has been a bit disapointed in the quality of fantasy literature for the past decade.
- The Spice Rack
on April 15, 2010
Tightly written story. A bit bizarre, but fun to read. I didn't expect a normal conclusion, at least not much, so the ending was... Well, just read it.
- The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam)
on March 11, 2013
After opening several books on my e-reader, each in turn by popular authors, and being unable to find something that caught and held my interest, I opened Emperor's Edge and found an intriguing and entertaining read. Other reviewers have covered some of the weaknesses of the story... but the writing was so effortlessly done that I rarely found myself overanalyzing the characters and plot. It is simply an enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading more from the author.
(review of free book)