MojoFiction is really just a strange pen name (though there's method to it...) for a native from the state of Colorado. Unfortunately, I currently live in Illinois, which is hardly mountainous, which leads to a lot of travel to less geographically-challenged places. I am an avid lover of the outdoors, believe in the importance of family, sometime watch cartoons, and spare no expense in an effort to be funny (no matter how many times I might crash and burn).
When I'm not writing or hiking or being lazy, I have a day job in the city of Chicago, though I call in sick to attend Cubs games as often as possible. Mostly because tickets are quite affordable when your team su- ... isn't as good as the other teams.
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Erotica for Sports Fans
A collection of comedic stories from the everyday life of a man who, despite being a responsible adult male (probably) and an even more responsible dad, hasn't forgotten what it means to be a guy.
The Girl from I.T.
Alice Morgan is different, a fact she’s reminded of every time she loses yet another job or another boyfriend. Her problem? When something good happens she always finds an interesting way to talk her way out of it. Well, at least things can't get any worse...
Untitled: A Fairy Tale
When Princess Amber disappears suddenly while playing in the Forbidden Garden, it's up to Prince Andrew to rescue her ... ten years later. Okay, so he's a little slow. Surely the princess won't hold it against him. Right?
The Legend of Gerald Arthur McGuinness
The Legend of Gerald Arthur McGuinness follows the title character from birth to high school and beyond, as he tries to figure out how life can be so funny, confusing, and heartbreaking, all at the same time.
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Smashwords book reviews by MojoFiction
- Secrets in Stone
on March 10, 2014
Secrets in Stone is the second self-published novel by Rebecca Engel (second that I could find anyway). I picked it up randomly on Smashwords because it caught my eye one day. That and I don’t mind a little gothic horror now and again.
I found Secrets in Stone to be well-written and well-edited, and it even has an excellent cover image that marries perfectly to the material. Like any good mystery, the author paces the story by giving the reader just enough hints to build up the suspense and keep them turning the page to find out how it’s all going to shake out. And it does get a little brutal by the end.
In building the mystery, however, the author tempts the reader with several threads about the house that don’t play out. I would have liked to see those fleshed out more. The author spends a lot of time on the back and forth relationship between the protagonist and the two men she’s dating, which, while important to the story, begins to feel a little forced, especially when she starts building the mystery more fully, only to quickly transition away and back to scenes between the characters that feel like they been played out before. But that’s not a huge complaint because, as I mentioned, the relationships are integral to the story.
Whenever I pick up a novel from the world of self-publishing, I hope they’ll be like this. Professionally put-together works by an emerging author – or at least someone who appears to really enjoy what they’re doing. The current price on Smashwords is more than fair, and you get yourself a nice beach read featuring a little murder and mayhem.
- Virginia's Ghost
on Oct. 22, 2014
Author Caroline Kaiser is a freelance editor, but before she that she worked for almost 14 years at an auction house. She uses her first-hand experience to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at what turns out to be a rather dysfunctional world. It’s a great idea, a great setting, ripe with possibilities for interesting characters, soap-opera drama, and foul play. She sets up the scene and creates the atmosphere in a realistic and inviting manner that gives the reader the "fly on the wall" feeling.
Reading this book reminded me in some ways of Steve Martin’s "An Object of Beauty," which followed a young girl working her way up in the New York art-dealing scene of the late 1990’s and 2000’s. It gives an insider-type look at the world of art auctions and gallery shows. But where that book is more of a character study, tracking a character arc over a long period of time, "Virginia’s Ghost" instead offers up an immediate tale that is part ghost story, part mystery.
At the auction house, very few employees seem to like each other, but they hide their true feelings under a veil of smiles and courtesy. Dialogue often reveals people who may have spent too much time together and not enough time having a life outside the unforgiving auction house. Virginia herself is a solitary person who seems to have trouble trusting anyone. Especially after pieces under her supervision go missing. She’s a rich character and a good centerpiece for the story. The author handles her well. She’s a sympathetic protagonist that comes with her own set of flaws.
That said, a few of the other characters ran together for me. They became clearer as the story progressed, but I would have liked to have seen the dynamics of some of the relationships established a little stronger earlier on. This would have helped build up the drama surrounding the murder-mystery. I think the author could have taken additional time to develop them before she got into the ghost story without sacrificing pace. The ghost story seems to run parallel to the present-day mystery and does not intertwine as much as I would have liked to see. There is a point to it, a reason the ghost gave Virginia the diary, and it comes together right at the end, providing a nice character development for Virginia, but I thought that part was slightly anti-climactic.
All that taken together, I really enjoyed this read. It’s brisk at just over 71,000 words, but doesn’t feel short at all. It’s written in the first person and the main character is well-drawn. The auction house is a world of its own that plays perfectly with the characters. And the authors enjoyment of history (or at least the history of “old things,” as her bio says) shines through.