John & Toni Rakestraw


John and Toni Rakestraw have collaborated on a lot of things in their years together, and now they've finally gotten around to writing the books they've always wanted to write.

When they're not writing, they run Rakestraw Book Design, where their goal is to help authors edit, proofread, format and design their books.

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Smashwords book reviews by John & Toni Rakestraw

  • Kept (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Blood Lust, novella 1) on Dec. 31, 2010

    I admit I wasn't all that excited when I started reading this novella about werecats. I mean, what is so exciting about shape shifting into a housecat? But as I read the first chapter, I found I wanted to find out more about Greta. As her circumstances became dire, I wanted to find out how she would survive. I started this on Christmas Day, and found myself riveted to my computer screen until I had read the last word. The author has a wonderful writing style that kept me in my seat, hanging on her every word. I found the characters well written and developed. The writing flowed easily and the conversations were natural and well written. Kudos to Ms. Winters; I look forward to reading more of her work.
  • Shed on April 06, 2011

    Shed is an interesting little horror novella. Simon and Rupert are two young boys that must learn to face an abusive stepfather and a horror that visits them in the basement on warm summer nights. The reader wonders how they can ever survive it, night after night. You begin to see how strong they really are, even at their young age. Will they find a way to save themselves and their mother from the nightmare that is their lives? McIntyre has woven an intriguing situation here. Just what is causing that unusual infestation in the basement? Why does it only occur on warm summer nights? I admit, this book gave me the creeps, in a good way. While I wouldn’t want to trade places with Simon and Rupe, I was cheering for them to overcome their problems from the very beginning. The book can stand a few minor edits, but overall, it is very well written. The author has picked a time that most of us can still remember, when families relied on the good graces of the father figure. If he was loving and kind, all went well, but if he was surly and abusive, every day was an accident waiting to happen. If you like horror novels, or even enjoy being scared just a bit, you’ll enjoy Shed.