Thomas Winship lives in New York. He currently serves as MBA Director for a private liberal arts college in southern New York, where he also teaches courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. Prior to this, he spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training.
Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, Temporary Insanity, was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. Væmpires: Revolution, his second novel (first in the Væmpires series) and Væmpires: White Christmas were published in 2011. His latest work, Væmpires: Zombie Rising, was published in late 2012.
He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show.
He is currently working on the next installment of the “Væmpires” series.
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- Genesis (Elemental Enmity Book III)
on Aug. 31, 2012
“Genesis,” the third installment of Christie Rich’s “Elemental Enmity” series, really injects the romance into paranormal romance.
There are more emotional entanglements in this novel than at the nearest Twilight convention. I mean, really, all Stephenie Meyer could come up with was a rather sedate love triangle … and even KStew’s best, er, recent efforts can’t hold a candle to Rich’s construct--a full frontal love hexagon.
That’s right. One woman. Five men.
Gives new meaning to putting a hex on someone … huh?
Now, before your minds slither into dark and delightful places, let me clarify: “Genesis” isn’t some sleazy, sloppy, sex-fest. It’s an emotional hurricane, all right, but it’s a hurricane with class.
Rayla is really put through the wringer in this book. She’s threatened, teased, tempted, and subjected to all sorts of manipulations that leave her—and the reader—aflutter. There are at least a dozen instances in which the readers would totally understand if the poor girl just threw in the towel and gave the hell up.
Does she or doesn’t she? Will she or won’t she?
Something tells me that Rich takes savage delight in toying with the emotions of her readers.
Once again, Rich's audience will be enchanted by her tale. Her characters shine, her settings and descriptions are brilliant, and her storytelling prowess is on full display. I enthusiastically recommend “Genesis” to YA, PNR, and fantasy fans.
- From Where I Stand
on Sep. 08, 2013
Many of the poems in Robert Zimmermann’s "From Where I Stand" hit me right in the gut. I didn’t expect it. I’m not much of a poetry guy. And, no, that admission has nothing to do with too much testosterone, pig-headedness, or any of the other lovely attributes most men are accused of possessing in abundance. I simply don’t enjoy reading what I don’t understand … and, too often, I don’t understand poetry. So much of it seems to be a) self-indulgent, self-impressed drivel, b) deliberately unclear, misleading, and/or nebulous, or c) some combination thereof. I’m all for a strategic bit of symbolism or a well-placed double entendre here and there, but most of the time just say what you mean to say, for cryin’ out loud!
Outburst aside, Robert Zimmermann’s poetry tells me that he’s a man after my own heart. He says what he means to say and lays it out there in language even blockheads like me can understand. And appreciate. When he writes of his relationship with his parents—the pain, the confusion, the fear—every emotion leaps off the page and burrows into the reader. For a brief period, you become Robert Zimmermann. It’s brutal. It’s beautiful. It’s magical.
Don’t get me wrong, some of the poems have a real WTF quality about them … but that’s my shortcoming, not the poet’s. "From Where I Stand" is an amazing collection of poems and I’m glad I took the time to enjoy them.