Kevin A. Lyons


I was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. When I graduated from college, with a degree in Geology, I left – for a while. I worked on oil wells from California to the North Slope of Alaska, from the Gulf of Mexico to the first test well that was drilled in Georges Bank, off the coast of Massachusetts. Then I came back to New Jersey and spent a few years working at the Division of Fish, Game and Shellfisheries.

I left again for Connecticut to work for the phone company, just in time for Ma Bell to break up. I came back to New Jersey with AT&T and eventually found my way to Bell Labs.

I left Bell Labs to be a stay-at-home dad. As my kids grew older I was able to spend some time volunteering at a nearby riding center for people with special needs -- that's one of my coworkers in the photo with me.

Now that my kids are away at college I’m making the transition to “merely unemployed.” Or maybe I'll become a writer. We’ll see.

Thanks for stopping by!

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in suburban New Jersey, not far from New York City. But in the 50s and 60s my little suburban town still had a few farms and horses. I loved going into the woods to hunt for turtles or catching fish in a stream with a spool of thread and a bent pin. That town is completely different, today.

As to how it influenced my writing -- that's more difficult. The most obvious influence would be the locations I build for my stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite ereader is the JetBook Lite. I love it for the same reasons that most people hated it, I suppose. The one facet that I like most is that it uses ordinary AA batteries. We had extended power outages (longer than a week) in 2011, following the Halloween blizzard, and in 2012, after Hurricane Sandy. I keep plenty of fully charged batteries on hand, but I like knowing that I can buy a set of batteries for it any time I need them.

Also, the "battery bulge" on the back makes a convenient finger hold while I'm reading and I can do page advances with my thumb. No "touch screen" means no smudges to read through -- something that really annoys me on my Android tablets!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Kevin A. Lyons online


Green, Green, Blue
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,240. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
A young father, his six-year-old son, and the problem of communication -- complicated by autism. (This short story was first published in Something to Take on the Trip: A Charity Anthology (Something To Read Book 3), in 2014.)
The Poet and the Crock
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A poet of questionable talent meets a leprechaun of dubious character in an out of the way field. Unpleasant truths are revealed. Difficult concessions are made. Profits and losses are balanced. And, hopefully, everyone smiles at the end.
Remembering Emmy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Emmy was a happy four year old girl. But she was lonely, sometimes, growing up on an isolated farm. Most days there was no else around, except for mom and dad. And, sometimes, a hiker on the trail across the field. Fortunately, she had Jack, her dog, a huge black and tan Rottweiler. He was the best friend a little girl could ever have. Jack would never let anything happen to Emmy. Never.
The First Galactic Princess – A Bedtime Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The first galactic princess is a little girl growing up in a wonderful place. She faces an ordinary problem with the help of a friend and the support of an understanding father. There are no spaceships, ancient prophecies or threatening aliens. There is, however, a hover car -- kids need to dream about hover cars!
Billy Wolfe's Riding Spirit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Under the full moon a motorcycle races west along the Interstate. The police can't catch it, and it disappears before it reaches the toll bridge. Narrated by the guy who drives the road-killed deer pick-up truck for Fish and Game. Originally published in 1979, in Easyriders magazine, and reprinted in The Year's Best Horror Stories, Series VIII, in 1980.
The Star Creature
Price: Free! Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Today this would be called Flash Fiction. In 1979 it was a "short-short" story. It was first published in the Winter, 1979, issue of Unearth Magazine (Volume 2, Number 4). This is a story of the first encounter between two intelligent species. I've tried to present an unusual viewpoint and challenge some preconceptions. Mostly, I hope you enjoy it.

Kevin A. Lyons’s tag cloud

alien encounter    autism    bedtime story    biker ghost    children    communication    creature    deer pickup    dog    empathy    farm    father and son    fields    first contact    friendship    galaxy    garden    ghost    haunted highway    leprechaun    new jersey    princess    roadkill    sunset    wandering   

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Smashwords book reviews by Kevin A. Lyons

  • G-Men on July 11, 2012

    This is a very good story that works on every level. The historic personalities stay in character in this "alternate history" story, the "historic" setting is accurate, and the conclusion is logical and believable. It's easy to see why this story has been included in both mystery and science fiction anthologies.
  • Who Censored Roger Rabbit? on July 11, 2012

    I'll admit it -- I still have the hardcover of Who Censored Roger Rabbit. Money was tight for me back then and remember thinking long and hard before buying it. I never regretted it. In fact, I was disappointed by the movie. The book is much more "noir" than the movie, but still basically good fun. Very highly recommended.
  • Murder On The Mind on July 16, 2012

    I was a bit apprehensive about this book. I don't normally enjoy "mysteries" that involve someone with psychic abilities -- unrestricted psychic talent would mean the book should be over in a couple of pages, so the author usually has to construct elaborate "rules" and "limitations" for the psychic power. Too often they feel artificial and rigid. This book is much better than that. The hero, a bit of a loser to begin with, acquires his psychic talent in a way that makes its power -- AND limitations -- very believable. It helps (a lot) that the story is well constructed and beautifully written. The streets, neighborhoods, and characters all seem believable and this writer uses words well. There are some minor formatting problems with the version I read (epub, I don't know if they're universal) but they weren't serious enough to frustrate me.
  • Dead In Red on July 22, 2012

    I bought this book largely on the strength of Murder on the Mind, the first book in the series. This is the second book in the series. I liked this book as well, but you really do have to read the first book first. This book's plot is a bit more complex than the first book's -- and, of course, doesn't have to spend nearly as much time introducing the characters or providing background details. Also, Jeff, the main character, seems a lot more sure of himself and familiar with how his unique talent works. My only complaint comes at the end, when Jeff finally knows with certainly who the murderer is -- it seemed to me that he was suddenly certain, but I missed the specific detail that clinched it for him. But, I suppose I might be to blame for that.
  • Millennium Babies on July 23, 2012

    I can say this is a very good story without worrying too much about defending my opinion -- it won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2001. The story is set in the very near future and has the appropriate home and office automation trappings, but the science behind this story's "science fiction" is sociology. The ending was consistent with the characters and situation, but still not quite what I was expecting.
  • Stars: The Anthology on Aug. 05, 2012

    First off, I'm a bit of a purist, but some of these stories are heavily weighted towards Fantasy, not Science Fiction. Not a problem for me -- I like well-written Fantasy -- but don't be surprised by Fantasy story lines in amongst the aliens. Also, the table of contents doesn't work on either my reader (a Jetbook Lite) or Calibre (on my computer) -- it just shows the beginning, mid-point, and end of the book. This is an inconvenience in such a large anthology of short stories. On the other hand, the stories are very good, very original, and pretty affordable in a collection of this size. The basic premise is that each story is inspired by one of Janis Ian's songs. All of the stories identify the song that inspired it, and most of the stories take that inspiration as a jumping-off point, turning into something completely new.
  • Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble on Aug. 26, 2012

    This is my first "urban fantasy/paranormal romance." It was interesting -- I'll probably be reading more. The first third of this book had a "cozy mystery" feel to it. Jolie and Rand had a very "Stephanie Plum/Ranger" vibe going on. The second third was more weighted toward romance, and the final third was more "damsel in distress." The characters were three-dimensional and the story was very well told. Most importantly, the author can write -- I didn't find myself stumbling over awkward phrases or grammar mistakes. At times, however, it seemed like the characters made illogical decisions that really only seemed to further the plot. Especially at the end of the book, which seemed a bit abrupt. Anyway, highly recommended.
  • Home On LaGrange on Dec. 02, 2012

    The tags for this story are all VERY SERIOUS, and it is a serious subject, but I hope that doesn't deter anyone from reading. The story is very original. It also flows nicely and has a wonderful touch of dark humor. Recommended.
  • Going Somewhere Else on Dec. 08, 2012

    The author describes this as being "Part of the "Break Bites" Series: Stories short enough to read when you get a break from your everyday activities." And that's accurate -- it's a very nice* vignette, a short but complete character sketch. The story is dependant on space flight and cybernetics, but it's *about* the relationship between a brilliant daughter and a mother who appears to have never been able to live up to her hopes and abilities. * When I say "nice" I don't mean to damn with faint praise -- it's a very good read.
  • Worlds Enough...And Time on Dec. 16, 2012

    This single volume includes both "Worlds Enough ... and Time" and "Watching the Music Dance." I didn't make the connection right away, but these same two stories are available with "Watching the Music Dance" as the lead story. In reading the descriptions of the stories before making my purchase I didn't catch that. I passed up "Watching ..." since the description didn't appeal to me as much. I like the idea of getting a story free story, but I'd be concerned that someone might inadvertently buy both packages and wind up with duplicates. Also, a person interested in "Watching ..." might not look here for a review. Anyway, back to the review. I really liked "Worlds Enough ... and Time." It has a very Ray Bradbury-esque feel to it -- he even gets name-checked. The characters are all believable, especially the aging "counter-cultural" grandmother, and they all behave in logical ways. The writing is smooth and carries the story right along. Even the setting comes across realistically, and drives the events of the story. The four stars go to this story. Just as I thought, I did not like "Watching the Music Dance" quite as much. This is not due to any problem with the story itself -- it's just that I'm a former stay-at-home dad, and I currently volunteer with an organization that works with the handicapped, so I'm especially sensitive to the subject of child abuse -- even very abstract, science fictional, child abuse. The story itself is very well written, and if you're interested in it you shouldn't let me slow you down
  • Ownership is Fatal on Feb. 06, 2013

    A very nice, very short story! There's some good imagery here, nice description, and good attention to detail. My only (mild) complaint is that the ending is a bit abrupt. I'd like to hear the narrator express what the ending *means* to her. But this story is a very promising beginning. I look forward to more.
  • Deadly Gamble: The First Charlie Parker Mystery on March 23, 2013

    A good, well written, light mystery. It's a fun and easy read -- and there are times when that's just what I need! Charlie -- short for Charlotte -- is a partner in a private investigator business with her brother. He's the P.I. and she's the accountant -- at least, that's the way it's supposed to be. But while her brother's away she gets caught up in a simple job that quickly becomes more complicated and sinister. I'd like to know more about Charlie. For instance, I don't think her business, essentially a one-man P.I. business, really needs a full time accountant. Does she do any forensic accounting? But I guess (hope?) that's what the rest of the series is for. Recommended for fans of light or "cozy" mysteries.
  • Still Life Without You on March 27, 2013

    I've read this story a couple of times, and I like it. It consists of a sequence of mysteries, each building on the previous one, and all related to an underlying family tragedy.
  • The Flint Lord on April 26, 2013

    This is the second volume in "The Pagans" trilogy, after The Stone Arrow. If possible, I'd recommend reading The Stone Arrow first -- the stories stand alone, but the first novel serves as a good introduction to the British neolithic civilization and the settlements in the area. I'm not an authority on the subject, but the story rang true for me. It is a novel of casual violence, but the author doesn't dwell on the details. There are no real "heroes" in this story. The first novel in the series, The Stone Arrow, is very much Tagart's story. Tagart is present in The Flint Lord, but his character seemed more superficial to me, and less complex. I liked The Stone Arrow a little better, but I still recommend this book. (I got The Stone Arrow at Barnes & Noble, so I can't review it here.)
  • 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn on Aug. 19, 2013

    These stories are set in the very distant future. Earth has colonized thousands of worlds, but most of these stories are set on "Old Earth." The protagonist, Henghis Hapthorn, is described as a "freelance discriminator" -- basically, a private investigator. He will not knowingly provide services that could result in criminal activity, but he's a bit flexible on that detail. He's on reasonably good terms with the police -- called the Bureau of Scrutiny -- but not exactly friendly terms. Hapthorn is assisted by his integrator -- an artificial intelligence that combines the functions of personal computer, cell phone, digital assistant, etc. Integrators are made to order and nearly all citizens have one, assembled to order with customized blends of intelligence, curiosity, etc. By definition, they don't change or evolve -- but the stories suggest that they can. Hapthorn also has a "colleague" who inhabits a universe of different dimensions, that he calls a "demon." Finally, Hapthorn is living in the "penultimate age" of humanity. The universe is poised to shift from a rational universe of logic and science to a universe based on the principles of magic. The writing is reminiscent of Jack Vance in both style and setting, but it seems very natural -- not forced. Basically, I really enjoyed these stories.
  • Lesson One - a short story on Dec. 07, 2013

    This is a well written story with an imaginative and original premise. I don't think I've read anything quite like it before. It really seemed to me that it should have been included in a Fantasy genre -- I would have found it sooner. Recommended.
  • Death by Chocolate on Dec. 15, 2013

    This is a wonderful "cozy" mystery. The setting is a library in a mid-sized city. I worked in a library, long ago, and the various departments (and personalities) all seemed very familiar to me. There were several believable misdirections in solving the murder. The conclusion, when I got there, was very believable. I enjoyed going along for the ride. I'd welcome another story in this setting and with these characters.
  • Two Birds (A Short Mystery) on Dec. 23, 2013

    A very good, short murder mystery. The story is short and direct. The few characters are well developed. The ending is completely logical, and still a surprise.
  • The Weight of Gold on Dec. 24, 2013

    A good short story set in Alexandria under Roman rule. Heron, or Hero, was an actual historical figure -- a Greek mathematician and inventor. This story fits his reputation well. The story is subtle, and not entirely satisfying if you're looking for the good to be rewarded and the evil to be punished -- but it is probably a better representation of reality in Roman society. I enjoyed it.
  • Murder by the Old Maine Stream on Feb. 18, 2014

    This is an excellent "cozy" mystery. The characters are believable, and there's good chemistry between Nora and Nick. I found some of the situations a little "over the top" but that's not unusual (or necessarily bad) for this genre. The mystery plays out well and logically, without being obvious. And it does have some funny moments. Recommended for fans of light, or cozy, mysteries.
  • The Mystery of the Dead Squirrels on Feb. 20, 2014

    A very good short story with an original premise. The characters and motivations are pretty logical and believable, with a couple of unexpected twists. A good read for a free afternoon.
  • The Eye of Mammut on March 16, 2014

    I really liked this story. I have some qualms about the culture that the author has depicted, but the story itself is consistent, and believable, within that culture. The mystery does move forward very quickly and without many misdirections -- I had it figured out from the start -- but that shouldn't be a surprise for a story as short as this.
  • Mercedes Drew the collection on July 07, 2014

    A collection of short, light mystery stories. Like most "cozy" mysteries, these have a "romance" aspect, but it's less feminine than the typical "cozy" mystery. Mercedes Drew is the female protagonist -- the male protagonist, Desmond Flowers, plays at least an equal part. Drew is a motorcycle messenger, driving her father's hand-me-down 1969 Triumph Bonneville (a classic bike, although the Norton Commando was my favorite British motorcycle of the time). Flowers is a detective with the local police. They meet in the first story and hit it off -- even though each is not so sure about the other. They do tend to get on each others' nerves throughout the book. There are 9 stories in this collection, and each story usually has two mysteries. The stories are imaginative and well told. The "mysteries" hang together well and are clearly resolved by the end (well, one left me not quite so sure, but that might have been me). The characters are believable and interesting. The stories frequently mention vans. Some of the bad guys drive vans, some good guys drive vans, sometimes there are just vans around to provide local color. As far as I remember, every single van was white! I've since checked this out, and it turns out that "white vans" really are popular with tradesmen, small businesses, etc. Learn something new every day! The stories do need some attention to formatting. One scene abruptly moves into another without a break -- putting a blank line in between two different scenes would make it easier to follow the action. Still, the stories were very good. I read them straight through and I recommend them.
  • Eating It Too on July 08, 2014

    A conventional story, but very well told.
  • Common Sense on July 08, 2014

    A good "alternate history" story, with well developed characters, good motivation, and a believable outcome.
  • Smile for the Camera on July 17, 2014

    This novel is a follow up to the Mercedes Drew short story collections. There are some differences, besides it being a novel. The biggest difference is what I perceived to be a "darker" tone to the story, involving the fate of an abducted girl. But the main characters are familiar and consistent, and there are still some situations that had me smiling. The novel stands alone, but I'd still suggest reading the short stories first. They provide a thorough introduction to the characters and work environments.
  • The Final Bet on July 23, 2014

    This is a good story, and a nice quick read if you have to spend some time in a waiting room, etc. Ghosts figure prominently in the story, and I wish some of the characters would be a little more skeptical of them, but it was a nice, quick story.
  • Dryad on July 28, 2014

    I'm glad I found this book, even though I don't usually read "Contemporary Fantasy" ... and I rarely read "long" books. The "Contemporary Fantasy" aspect was very well handled. The Fantasy world was well constructed with some familiar reference points, and the characters were believable and consistent. As far as the length goes -- I usually read short stories up to novels of about 65,000 words. Books that go much longer than that require a commitment in time that I'm reluctant to give, especially to an author I'm not familiar with. But this worked out very well. The writing was smooth and the plot was interesting. The story could probably have been tightened up a little -- it does meander a bit, especially in the beginning -- but the author manages to keep it interesting. The story is set in Australia. The forests settings were familiar and reminded me of the forests in my area, but references to Eucalyptus reinforces the location. This is the first book in a series, so there are some open-ended plotlines, but the main story reaches a pretty satisfying conclusion -- the book doesn't end with a cliffhanger. I recommend it!
  • Riders of the Three-Toed Horse on Sep. 15, 2014

    This is a good short story. I'd describe it as mostly science fiction with some fantasy elements. The setting in particular is very interesting and original. Generally I like my SF to be "pure" SF, but I'm interested in seeing where the author goes with this idea. In terms of the writing, there are a few places where it could probably be tightened up, but it flows easily and fits what I imagined to be the narrator's style. It's been a while, but maybe another story will come along -- I hope. I do like seeing Geologists in stories.
  • On a Red Station, Drifting on Sep. 16, 2014

    This is a very good, very complicated story of culture, family, status, and duty. I really liked it. The setting is an interstellar empire modeled on, or descended from, ancient Vietnamese culture. Some of the nobles in the outlying regions are in rebellion, seizing planetary systems and executing anyone who opposes them. The young, inexperienced emperor is pulling his forces back, abandoning the outer worlds. Meanwhile, all citizens of rank are equipped with implants containing the personalities of ancestors who advise them. Other personalities include the artificial intelligence that runs the station but is suffering a crisis and may collapse, and a visiting specialist who hopes to assist in "healing" the AI. A young female administrator flees her world just before it falls. She seeks shelter in a large space station, a permanent habitat, run by a distant cousin. Their ranks and conflicting positions in a time of war are a source of stress in a very rigidly defined society, a local crisis on the station, and the greater threat that faces the empire.
  • Classic White Sheet - A Halloween Story on Oct. 26, 2014

    This is a wonderful Halloween-themed ghost story. It's a horror story, and there is an aspect of tragedy and gruesome violence, but it occurs "off screen" and not in the course of the narration, so that isn't its focus. I like the story and the theme, but mostly I really like the conclusion. It's not about terror, revenge, retribution -- it could have been, but it wouldn't have been nearly as good a story to my mind. It ends on a note of "redemption," for want of a better word. (If I can think of that better word I'll come back and edit this review.) I recommend it -- for Halloween, or almost any other time.
  • Halloween Magic & Mayhem (Book One, Magic & Mayhem Series) on Oct. 26, 2014

    As an adult male I'm afraid I'm not the "target audience" for this story. Still, if I'm going to find stories to recommend to my daughter I guess I have to stretch a bit. I liked this story. It's light-hearted without being silly. There are some original approaches to spells gone wrong, the witch's familiar, ghosts and hauntings, etc. It was fun.
  • Flashdrive on Oct. 27, 2014

    I gave up. It's a shame -- I liked the plot, I liked the characters, and I liked the setting. But I gave up after about one hundred pages. Bottom line: This book desperately (desperately!) needs an editor. The word "new" appeared where the author clearly meant "knew," "as thought" instead of "as though," etc., etc. Extra quotation marks appear where they don't belong, and some are missing where they do belong, making it impossible to tell the narration from the dialog. Commas are missing from complicated scenes, etc., etc. Errors like these appear every few paragraphs. With a little editing this could easily be a 4 or 5 star book, but it's just too much work for me to try to plow through this one when there are other books waiting for me. I hope the book gets the attention it deserves -- I'd love to come back and read it. But for now, I've started something else.
  • Naiad on Nov. 19, 2014

    This is the second book in the Narun trilogy, and you really do have to read the first book, Dryad, first. The first book introduces the main characters, defines the "Fantasy ecosystem," and sets up the storyline (well, storylines) for the second book. The two storylines in this book involve a quest, or journey of discovery for some of the characters, while others are caught up in a government investigation into events that are especially suspicious since they partly involve the human world but are motivated from the hidden world of the Narun. As the story unfolds it reveals that the plots are much larger, darker, and dangerous than anyone knew -- or could have predicted. By the end of the book we know much more about this fantasy ecosystem and its inhabitants, but the story doesn't really conclude -- it sets up the action for the third volume. This is another reason to read the first story first -- if you like it, you'll be happy to sign up for the rest of the journey. Like the first book, this is a lot longer than most books I read. The characters are well-defined and their personalities are believable. The fantasy world is well thought out and consistent -- major points are always foreshadowed and there are no sudden, unexpected miracles. The landscape, especially for the quest, is interesting. And, like the first book, I think the writing could have been "tightened up" a bit, especially in the first half. But it's a good story, well told. I enjoyed reading it, and I recommend the series -- at least, the two books that I've read so far. Just make sure you read the first book, Dryad, first!
  • Nereid on Nov. 24, 2014

    This is the concluding volume in the Narun trilogy. It's the longest in the series, but I didn't feel that it needed to be "tightened up." This books sets up the final conflict among the various peoples of the Narun. The book does a great job of filling in the last details of the races and setting up the conflict. When war comes the action is handled deftly and without confusion -- showing, in some cases, the "fog of war" without becoming foggy itself. The war itself has aspects that range from the Battle of the Bulge to the Trojan War. Since the war is for the world, and humans are part of that world, humans are involved -- even though they cannot see or hear the Narun. This was my only (mild) concern. It seemed to me that the way that the humans were involved was a bit too easy. Not quite a caricature, but a bit two dimensional -- especially given the richly detailed development of the Narun. Anyway, I enjoyed this trilogy very much and recommend it. But the volumes really must be read in order.
  • Horizon on Dec. 18, 2014

    An interesting story that seems to set the scene for the series. In a time and setting where it has become cheaper to abandon an orbital station and build a new one there are vacant stations available to be claimed by potential "homesteaders." This is the story of one such station being claimed by a small group of friends. The story is a quick, fun read. I'm glad I found it.
  • Naughty and Nice on Dec. 29, 2014

    I'm not a big fan of Zombie Apocalypse stories, but Dan Chambeaux (now known as Dan Shamble to his friends) is different. Something happened in New Orleans, and now ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other "unnaturals" walk the streets. Dan is a private investigator, and a zombie. This brings advantages and disadvantages. Like the others I've read, this Dan Shamble story is well written, well formatted, and just plain fun.
  • Road Kill: Dan Shamble Zombie PI Mini 2 on Dec. 30, 2014

    Another fun read in the "Dan Shambles, Zombie PI" series. This probably shouldn't be your first introduction to the series, since you'll probably want some background on "who's who" and what's happening. If you like the other stories in the series, you'll like this one. Be aware that about half of this ebook consists of promos for other stories by this author and the publisher. Not, that that is a bad thing -- just don't be surprised.
  • His Robot Girlfriend on Jan. 02, 2015

    The idea of realistic -- even beautiful -- humanoid robots opens up some big questions. The biggest question, of course, is how long would it take for the human race to go extinct as men (and women) turn to robots instead of each other. But this story doesn't really address the big problems, and that's fine with me. It does have some very adult scenes, but that's not the main theme. It also has some funny scenes, but I wouldn't call it a comedy. It's a quick, light read, and it's a very good one, at that. I enjoyed it and I'd be happy to recommend it to someone looking for a light-hearted adult "fairy tale" for the technological age.
  • His Robot Girlfriend: Charity on Jan. 18, 2015

    Fourth in the "Robot Girlfriend/Wife" books. The first three books feature the same core characters and form a sequence -- this book shares the robot underpinnings but no characters from the first three books appear. You could read this book as a stand-alone, but the other three will give you a better understanding of the development of the robots and the history of the Daffodil company. There is a mystery in the background: It's well-handled and I didn't see the resolution coming. The main storyline evolves into a "bigger idea" than the previous books. Like the others, this definitely includes some Adult themes and scenes. I recommend it!
  • Never Buried [Book 1, Leigh Koslow Mystery Series] on Feb. 07, 2015

    An excellent "cozy" mystery! Nice setting, good characters, logical actions -- I liked this story from the start all the way through. I thought I had solved the mystery just before the end. Turns out, I was wrong. Just as well -- I liked the author's ending better.
  • Autumn Wandering on March 07, 2015

    A nice short story with an interesting plot and realistic characters and good imagery. The protagonist finds it difficult to settle down for more than about a year at a time, and her latest urge to wander brings her back to her old home. The story held my interest throughout and the ending was satisfying.
  • Cats and Crime, A Panzer And The P.I. Mystery Collection on March 07, 2015

    As "cat-assisted detective" stories, these are good, light mysteries and quick reads. The two stories that feature Matt Stockley are a bit more serious, but also light, quick reads. A good collection to have if you have some time to kill.
  • Spooky & Kooky Tales on March 08, 2015

    This is an excellent collection of stories. The "Spooky" part of the title does not refer to ghosts (although one story might involve spirits) -- it's more "eerie" or "unsettling" but not necessarily supernatural. All of the stories are thought-provoking, some carry a shadow, and a couple have unabashedly happy endings. I'm very happy to have found this book!
  • The Watchmaker (A Novelette) on March 08, 2015

    I love time travel stories -- especially stories that try to cheat fate or flirt with paradox problems. This storyline is very original, the characters are believable and well-developed, and the "rules" for time travel are clear and logical. There is a romance aspect that was well handled and plays a critical part in the storyline. I believe the city of Lowell qualifies as a character in this story. If you don't know Lowell don't worry -- it's well described. If you do know Lowell, that's a bonus. And, finally, this ebook is beautifully formatted! I recommend it!
  • Under the Hill on March 09, 2015

    A very good ghost story. It all seems so normal at first and then, subtly, things change. There's a bit of eeriness but definitely no horror. As is common in this genre, many of the characters seem to be pretty casual about accepting the existence of a ghost. Under the Hill is very well written and I'm glad I found it. Be aware, though, that this story amounts to about half of the ebook -- the other half consists of a preview for another book by the author. Nothing wrong with that, but keep it in mind when you plan your time.
  • Lucky's Leprechaun on March 09, 2015

    A fun romance involving a unique twist on leprechaun lore. The characters are believable and sympathetic, and the writing is well done. I enjoyed it.
  • Quiet Post on March 14, 2015

    Martia Rosenthal had a nice job with a good future at her father's company -- until her co-worker and boyfriend dumped her, stole a batch of corporate secrets, and left for Europe. Now, she just wants to start over, on her own, far away, and maybe "help people." She decides to go to a frontier settlement in the "Quasiverse." Her father is devastated, but still manages to get her what seems to be a safe job in the local government -- a "quiet post." This is not "Nuts & Bolts" Science Fiction. The laws of physics and logic don't apply in the Quasiverse. It's more like a mix of the wild west, Oz, and Alice's Wonderland. The characters are (mostly) likeable and the adventures are fun. Most of the loose ends are tied up (pretty cleverly) by the end. Some parts of the story are a bit risqué, but never seriously. I enjoyed this book.
  • Short Story Strands: Halloween 2012 Edition on March 24, 2015

    A large collection of very, very short stories -- I'd call them "flash fiction" -- that is a real mixed bag. Some of these are very good, and some are not. Many have a sense of humor, but some are pretty bleak. Some are ghost stories and some are science fiction. This is a good collection to take with you when you're going to spend time in a waiting room. And if one story leaves you flat, move on to the next.
  • Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom Series #1) on March 25, 2015

    I really enjoyed this book! The story revolves around a woman in her 30s who is a retired Demon Hunter. She seems to have been an active "Hunter" in her teens and early 20s -- which immediately reminded me of television's Buffy. Now she has a teen-aged daughter from a previous marriage (that husband, who was also a Hunter, is deceased) and a toddler with her current husband. She's a busy, stay-at-home mom. The Catholic Church is part of the story, but I didn't feel it as a "religious" presence. It was more like the way the church appeared in the movie Hellboy. The story is very well written, the likeable characters are likeable and the despicable characters are despicable. The plot is solid. I figured out some aspects of the story early on, and I fell for some of the red herrings. I've already started the next story in the series.