Franz McLaren was sucked into the world of fantasy at ten years old when he read Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. After that, he delved headfirst into the stories of Dr. Seuss, and from then on, the stories of J. R. R. Tolkien, Terry Goodkind, Holly Lisle, J. K. Rowling, and many others have grown to be a significant part of his life.
Throughout his life, Franz McLaren has traveled extensively, living in forty-eight of the fifty United States, England, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, and vacationing in a host of many other nations. After experiencing all of the fantasies that his travels had to offer, Franz has now settled down into manifesting fantasies of his own. He uses his books to share these worlds and adventures with the rest of us. By entering his novels, you enter the part of his mind that forever lives just a bit to the left of reality.
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on Sep. 21, 2010
An interesting book. Far too short. I like the concept and would like to see it developed farther.
The Gateway (An Epic Fantasy Novella)
on Sep. 25, 2010
The Gateway is fast paced and exciting with characters real enough to leap out of the pages. It leaves the reader craving more.
on Jan. 20, 2011
This story about a story made me want ot ignore the warning of its decription and read the story that so haunted the teller. THis tale is masterfully written. Thank you.
on March 15, 2011
In "The Converging", George Straatman demonstrates a command of story, plot, characterization, and description that is rare. From the onset, Mr. Straatman carefully spins a tale, one strand at a time, until his web is complete and the reader is fully ensnared. Once entrapped, he leads us into our greatest fears. These run the gambit from lost children to unseen things that stalk us in the night and from confrontation with our own deepest selves to an invulnerable evil that relishes pain and knows no pity. This is a novel that can stand toe to toe with the masters of horror. It is a must read for all dark horror fans.
The Converging: Mark of the Demon
on April 10, 2011
Few authors can equal their first success with a great sequel. In "The Converging: Mark of the Demon", George Straatman has exceeded his first effort. In addition to an enviable mastery of story, plot, characterization, and description, he has added the skill of making even the landscape seem ominous. He deftly weaves subplots, horrors that the viewer sees and the protagonists do not suspect, into a chilling series of nightmares. Noose after noose tightens as the ultimate evil spins an inescapable web of terror. Again Mr. Straatman has demonstrated that he deserves a place amongst the masters of horror. This novel too, is a must read for all dark horror fans.
on Jan. 07, 2012
“Untraditional Publishing”, by Ron Knight, is one of those books that makes you ask ‘Where has this been all my life’. From the first page this book is filled with common sense and well researched knowledge. There are plenty of books available to tell an author how to write and as many that provide paths to ebook and traditional publishing. Ron Knight provides not just a path, but a roadmap to a third way of publishing. With gentle and caring concern he shows how to create unique opportunities using confidence, knowledge, self-discovery, experience, and relationship marketing to build sales. Along the way we learn how to write for our market, how to structure books that readers will want, how to use our strengths and caring to build a platform, and much, much more.
There is so much knowledge and wisdom here that a single reading could never be enough. This is a book that I know I will read many times over the coming months and years. It is an indispensible book for authors seeking to build a platform and increase sales.
Dwellers of the Deep (Harbinger of Doom Volume 4)
on Jan. 29, 2012
In this forth volume of the “Harbinger of Doom” series, Glenn Thater has taken his tale to new heights. This book is filled with non stop adventure, epic battles, evil creatures, and invincible demons. These are well rounded out with a healthy dose of intrigue and deception. This series is a must read for those who like their fantasy epic and powerful and this book is the best so far.
I am Morte
on May 24, 2012
"I am Morte" is a story that may be quickly read but will linger long. In this short story Elyse Draper uses words as precise tools to strip open the reader's consciousness and implant seeds of what could be. I found myself reading the words and simultaneously pondering the implications they had on my inner perspectives of the purposes of life and the possibilities that death might bring. This is a story that ignites the mind and encourages it to travel paths rarely selected. Its impact will not soon be forgotten.
on July 31, 2012
I was astounded to discover that Eternity's Handmaiden is R. Peter Ubtrent's first published novel. With the skill of a master, the author creates believable worlds and characters then deftly interweaves them in time. Through the eyes of Alexis Locke, a retired agent reluctantly pulled back into service, we see a deteriorating world that could well become tomorrow's reality. Suspense builds from page one as Alexis is forced to interface with people she dares not trust. Someone is out to destroy her, someone who will go to any lengths, and she has no idea who it could be. Her only hope is to find a way to stop the madness before it begins. But, in a world where no one can be trusted, how can she do that?
For gripping suspense and top-notch science fiction, this book cannot be beat.