Bruce E Arrington

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Bruce enjoys taking your average, everyday characters and upending their lives through unusual and powerful circumstances. He authored the teen Josh Anvil series, the Fallen Powers series and shorter stories. Currently Bruce teaches in a small K-12 school, and enjoys challenging students to be their creative best. He writes mostly during the summer, but throughout the year is drawn back into his writing adventures as time allows.

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Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would have to say it is getting positive feedback from the readers who enjoy the stories. It's like they came along and enjoyed the ride I created.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on the fifth and final installment of the Josh Anvil Series, as well as a new short story series called The Phalanx Blood. I'm really psyched about this as it revolves around a teenager who discovers his blood is the world's cure for cancer, and all the roller-coaster adventures that follow. Parts one and two are ready and there are more to come!
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Where to find Bruce E Arrington online

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Coverup: The Phalanx Blood Series Part III
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 15,430. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
My blood kills cancer. Yep, you read that right. The big bad C word that scares just about everyone these days. My blood kills it. Dead. Dead Kennedys' invitation to the White House dead. Disappointed George Romero dead. Doesn't matter what type of cancer. It quickly finds itself outmaneuvered, surrounded, and mercilessly crushed by an iron-red phalanx.
Over A Barrel: The Phalanx Blood Series Part II
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 10,900. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
My blood kills cancer. But it does a lot more than that. It makes me a living, walking target to those who want to make me their blood bank and cash cow. So now I'm in hiding until my plans for revenge can come to fruition. But as you'll see, don't trust everyone these days, even those you thought were there to help.
Kidnapped: The Phalanx Blood Series Part I
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 14,600. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
My blood kills cancer. Yep, you read that right. The big bad C word that scares just about everyone these days. My blood kills it. Dead. Pipe Dream Books is partnering with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For every Phalanx Blood series book purchased, 25% of royalties will go to the research hospital.
Josh Anvil and the Indomitable Power
Series: Josh Anvil. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,000. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The aliens were right: Josh can’t contain his powers. Not anymore, with his subconscious making monsters he doesn’t control. As Earth’s future looks darker with a catastrophic invasion just around the corner, Josh’s world is torn in two.
El octavo deseo de cumpleaños (Spanish Edition)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: Spanish. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Finalmente el cumpleaños de Sofía había llegado A partir de hoy su deseo ya no sería negado Era lo único en el mundo que podía desear Ella bailaba y giraba cuando soñaba con cantar...
El séptimo deseo de cumpleaños (Spanish Edition)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,250. Language: Spanish. Published: November 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Poesía juvenil / Libro de imágenes: niños, Edad 6+ El séptimo deseo de cumpleaños es una divertida y mágica historia de cómo Wesley, en su séptimo cumpleaños, elige hacer una diferencia positiva en la vida de otros. Wesley cumple siete años, y en su mundo, puedes tener todo lo que quieras para tu cumpleaños. Él explora nuevos lugares y descubre nuevos amigos y aventuras. ¡Lee la historia para
Josh Anvil And The Cypress Door
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 140,910. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
Josh Anvil has powers, though how he got them is a mystery. He can make living things just by talking about them, and of course they get him into all kinds of trouble. Schoolmates harass him, the FBI kidnaps him, and something else is out to kill him.
The Eighth Birthday Wish
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Adventure
Sophia can't sing, but she wants to more than anything. Now it's her eighth birthday, and she braves her way into the cave of the Great Rock Faery, to ask for her wish. But when the Faery does not arrive to meet her, Sophia finds herself faced with the Rock Babies, who want her wish desperately. What will Sophia decide?
Josh Anvil and the Gathering Storm
Series: Josh Anvil. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,570. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Back on Earth, Josh faces a global interview disaster, demanding FBI agents, and dangerous teacher clones. Wasn't life supposed to get easier?
The Legend of Skaluni
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 9,180. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
On the day of Skaluni’s birth, the seven moons aligned. On his twelfth birthday, a fireball hit their world. Skaluni is used to being the village outcast, the unfriended Boy Who Did Not Believe. But when the lives of the villagers are threatened, they are forced to turn to him for their future.
Trial By Fear
Series: Fallen Powers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,400. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Dark fantasy/ Horror Fallen Powers Series Book One A defeated kingdom. A forgotten prince. A powerful resurrection.
The Seventh Birthday Wish
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A fun, magical story of how a young boy, on his seventh birthday, chooses to make a positive difference in the lives of others, for the best birthday gift of all. This second edition adds new pictures and beauty to a charming tale.
Josh Anvil and the Pivotal Weapon
Series: Josh Anvil, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,730. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Josh and Troy find themselves in a strange tropical world. It doesn’t take long before they are on the run for their lives. In their attempts to help their friends, Josh and Troy find themselves immersed in a terrible war that has spanned millennia.

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Smashwords book reviews by Bruce E Arrington

  • Pink Water on May 28, 2013

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest, nonreciprocal review. The book “Pink Water,” by James Field, is an adventurous science fiction story. It is the second in a series, continuing with the adventures of the Cloud brothers, and others, finding our world in peril. The insects have laid a snare and the Cloud brothers find themselves having fallen right into it. The story continues with other various characters introduced, along with their own personal demons. I have not read the first book, so I lacked any background on the previous story or its characters. That being said, I feel that this book truly can stand alone. Enough (but not too much) backstory was inserted so I gained a good handle for what had taken place, and how those earlier things affected the second book. I appreciated how the characters were more the center of the story than the actual outcome. Their charming idiosyncrasies and faults painted them well as three-dimensional characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed the humor, particularly by Russell (my favorite character), helping the story to be a fun read. And it was a fun read. Not bogged down in things I did not understand, but humorous, fast-paced and well developed. I also appreciated how most of the characters had to come face-to-face with their personal pasts and were given the opportunities to deal with them appropriately. There are three things, which, I think can make for a better story. The first is where Fred talks about his dream. I had interpreted this as a foreshadowing and felt somewhat cheated when it didn’t turn out that way. It would be an easy fix to forecast events more according to what actually came about (more or less). The second thing would be to add more female characters, since all but one of the characters is male. This presents a lopsided story since it is so character driven. And last of all, the story needs a good proofreading by a professional. There were enough typos to pull me out of the story at times, and really get my attention. However, the author provided a fun read I could understand without having to read the first book. I recommend this for all you sci-fi lovers out there who like fast-paced, humorous tales.
  • The Reaper's Opus on Oct. 10, 2014

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I give it a five star rating. The Reader's Opus is one of those books that has stories you can tell around a campfire. Do you remember growing up and wishing you knew a good ghost story to tell? This book has a few that would put a few chills down the spines of your listeners. Each story is short, but long enough to give you sensory detail that you feel like you are there. They are well written, well thought-out stories intended to entertain, but not offend with gratuitous detail. It lacks the excessive gore found in many stories today, but instead is written on a higher level, and left me with stories that are memorable. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.
  • Visitor on Jan. 22, 2015

    "Visitor" is a brief story about two friends who encountered each other earlier in life and have now come together a last time. I'll say no more for fear of spoilers. The writing is smooth and the story flows well. However so many details could elaborate and enhance this tale, as well as give it a sense of logic which unfortunately it lacks in several places. It felt to me, as a reader, that only part of a short story was told. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  • Red and the Wolf on April 13, 2015

    Red and the Wolf is E.A. Walker's debut writing novella, and I think the author did a fine job of it. The story is carefully constructed and deeply portrayed in most places and with few exceptions, the story line is fairly straightforward. It hinges on a well-known legend--or a spin-off of one, where the characters should feel familiar. This story uses ethnic names, which is different from other stories I've read. The story has some adult thematic elements, though, so it is not what I would consider to be a children's story; rather for late teens and above simply due to the relationship material. I rate the story as four stars and received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
  • Ares' Anger on Aug. 30, 2015

    James Womack’s Ares’ Anger is a nice, science fiction tale about astronauts on Mars. I think it will gel well with those who prefer more of the science aspect in science fiction. It also reminds me of the old, black-and-white TV science fiction series that deal with alien worlds, wherein each episode brings its challenges and adventures. This short story centers around Dexter, one of a very small crew on the planet Mars. He goes out on assignment and faces some very real dangers. Does he make it back before he is seriously hurt, or killed? Given the limitations of Mars, simple errors can easily be life threatening. I found the writing engaging, and detailed enough so I really felt I was there. The relationships between the characters were well enough developed for this short tale. There were a few typos, though they did not take me out of the story. The only other consideration would be to shorten the lengthy introductions of the crew, as they did little or nothing to contribute to the overall plot of the story, and honestly, I forgot about them after each was listed. I would have preferred to have those words used for more action scenes, which I felt were written in a compelling manner, and helped ratchet up the tension of the story. Those were my favorite parts. Recommended for lovers of science fiction, I rate this story as four stars, and I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.