Andre Michael Pietroschek


Born on the 2nd of July in the year 1972. Spawn of the underclasses, busy living my all-time-low. I had the pleasure of my fiercest stalker succeeding in bringing my life to ruins. I became urban homeless on New Years Eve 2014 to 2015, slept outside that winter, survived another load of crap, mourned the death of companions and did start to rebuild my life.

I write Pietroschek prose and have begun, decently successful but not yet high quality, to create #audiobooks & #stories using synthetic voice and background music. ;-)

Good reasons to buy my ebooks: I keep pricing low. I do use basic proofreading, and being a prosaic author & storyteller: I did not only win awards, I also outmatched by UNIQUE viewpoints, competence, and knowledge. Admitting my failures and shortcomings may happen, too. Plus: Reviews and testimonials help me to improve even more.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
Besides the mandatory improving of my skill-level: I focus on finishing my first poetry-ebook collection and thereafter publishing some short-story collection. Part one is done, so now I experiment with creating my own audiobooks (low income improviser), and podcasting them thru the virtual world. Home-office limitations.

#Ebooks #Fiction
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am harshly an ex-bum and get that question. On the good side, I love feeling alive and getting ready for action, there are even some of those underpaid jobs that can be fun for a while. On the bad side, I have to constantly ensure that my life does not get a downturn or won't be sabotaged by people who dislike me, so the motivation here is to get up instead of acting like a kicked pet.
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Andre Michael Pietroschek's favorite authors on Smashwords

Baden Campbell
Latest book: Heart in a Jar.
Published December 22, 2021. (5.00 from 1 review)
Dana Crotts
Latest book: Rude Awakening.
Published May 31, 2020.
M. Chris Benner
Latest book: From Ash.
Published July 19, 2019. (4.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Andre Michael Pietroschek

  • Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper on March 24, 2020

    While I really appreciate the cost-free copy I received, this story is far from flawless. Certain passages are either antiquated to the degree of being outdated, or copycat sermon. And it gets lengthy, with nothing really thrilling going on. Format was flawless, and different file formats offered are a nice gesture. So: Generosity: ***** Story: *** File: *****
  • The Weeping Lore on April 24, 2020

    To be honest I ran this #ebook through my read-aloud aka text-to-voice software. Irene, Cian, and Harry stumbling through their problems, and finally clashing with a supposed cult of Dagon (#Lovecraftian sea-deity, based on H.P. Lovecraft's story #Dagon). Dunno, where the lizardmen came in, as it gave a silly and stupid Dungeons & Dragons flavor to the story. I think the writing style is lengthy, and I think the author disregards ALL reader entertaining in formulations, though this can be a personal impression. Others may like it. The format is flawless enough, so no bad points there. The gesture of a cost-free freebie version is appreciated, and sure makes me rate in sympathy with the author & concept. At least more, than my the-troll-from-beyond alternate way. ;-) Context: The readers need no prior knowledge to get drawn into (or dragged through) this story, as one thing working well is showing them being mostly busy with worries about their income, their options, and their mating chances. The idea is NOT deep into sexual detail, and excludes gore kinda horror descriptions. The story is solid in making the characters and their actions believable, except, maybe, for golems gone criminal enforcer (brutes or thugs), which are another #spoiler to authentic #Cthulhu style cosmic horror. The setting in Ireland is noteworthy, as most would be afraid to shun away from the "established" spots of Lovecraftian horror, like Arkham & Dunwich. Or Portsmouth in the UK. Here is a plus, as this gives a unique, or culturally admirable, streak to the idea. Irene being quite an alcoholic is worrisome, as the later stages are no longer easily survived & pretty painful ( alike what my own nicotine addiction can spawn forth). File formats: We have a choice of three different ones, and that is already a GOOD deal. Seriously, being a hobby author, who had to craft my own (while unpaid) I know it is extra work. I give 5 stars, as the details in my #review are at least attempting to allow each customer aka reader the own evaluation. For me it was a 3.5 experience with too much time wasted (honest, but not eager to force it unto others). Bye!
  • Cade Crowley, Demon Hunter (Cade Crowley, Demon Hunter Series #1) on April 24, 2020

    Cade, Zeke, and Santiago... Characters in this story come hard and fast. The prose is a bit vulgar, urban, and violent. Terms like Black Magick (in the sense of fully dark magick, not afro-caribbean Obeah, Voodoo, or Santeria) or Satanism would fit the kinda topic to expect. I enjoyed it, though I also know the criticism of my own published works, when they got read by someone from elite-university. ;-) A fast-paced, uncompromising #ShortStory with pentagrams and demons, magick-for-pay, and an attitude. Format is good. No complaints.
  • Unquiet Souls on April 25, 2020

    While it was not what I enjoyed reading, the ebook "Unquiet Souls" made a classic impression, was formatted well, and presented characters (even Rosemary) believably enough - within the story context. This story was adults, not young adults, when it comes to theme, meddling with dangerous hellspawn, and relationships. It was not a pure erotica work, but solid occult-investigation, or supernatural investigation.
  • Warrior Mage (Chains of Honor, Book 1) on April 26, 2020

    Yanko the warrior-mage, at best a socially awkward noob, but convinced that he is the "best of both worlds" by insisting it is so. Young adult junk, a lucrative industry... #YA
  • Tanner's Glen on April 28, 2020

    A freebie with a lengthy and boring start, and a not exactly thrilling story unfolding. Gladly deleted it. Thanks.
  • Dark Night on April 28, 2020

    A good and cost-free shortstory. I appreciated the classic style, and the merciful ending. Format is OK, and no complaints here.
  • The Seance on April 28, 2020

    Hui, Rose and Ted Burns are hardboiled lil villains here. A nice twist to typical seance short stories, and prose and format are fully OK. A worthy little freebie.
  • Dust on May 04, 2020

    A very short vampire story with a fitting humor. It could be (proverbially) fleshed-out by more detailed descriptions of the environment and the characters. Otherwise it was the first "refreshingly not-streamlined prose" I read since Midnight Diner. Good work, thanks for the freebie.
  • The Facebook Killer: Part One. on May 05, 2020

    As a freebie, this is a neat gift. A story about revenge. A father goes for the unholy alliance of pedophiles & foreign criminals, who had raped and murdered his loved ones. Could have been a Wild West story. Beyond that I was not really happy, as the prose reads just like any other thriller in crime fiction. And certain cliches, true or not, are recurrent: Police investigation is in loonyland, pedophiles are what cultists were to H. P. Lovecraft, and Muslim nations compulsively fund any kind of crime against us Europeans... Well, I don't blame the author and give 5 stars. This was part one of a trilogy, in case you overlooked that info.
  • UnHoly on May 17, 2020

    The story, in the version I downloaded here, on #Smashwords, needs one more proofreading & grammar checking. Being myself a Non-Native-Speaker of the English language I hint at cost-free software like Grammarly dot com, Linguix, or Proofreadbot. Those even less well-funded authors can muster. Context: A family horror story with a supposedly dead kid staying as a ghostly presence. Fans of horror movies may know it all, but I found the story interesting and well-intended, a classic streak in it, but also showing the author's enthusiasm, which could spawn subsequent sequels. Format was OK. Thanks for sharing it, as a cost-free download.
  • Eucha Falls on May 17, 2020

    Jean Marie Bauhaus delivers. Knowing her work "Weather Witch", I felt a bit guilty, as I downloaded Eucha Falls, while bored senseless and in this #coronavirus preventive #quarantine. That feeling was based on the works of Jean Marie Bauhaus being not exactly my preferred fiction. Luckily, Eucha Falls conjures the good USA kinda horror, which reminds of great classics, and is a more modern horror on investigation and discovery, with a clear atmospheric streak and not cheap-shot "found footage", but instead a wonderful, and a bit scary, tale of believable characters investigating the circumstances of a death in their personal lives. The story flow is impressive, and no distrust of the Sheriff's office (contextual prank) blocked me from enjoying it. A worthy freebie, so I think checking it out WILL satisfy plenty of readers.
  • The Montmajour Text on May 17, 2020

    While I was disappointed about the lack of detail, the story only has around 1600 words, this works, as if a kinda Cthulhu-Fable narrated. Atmospheric, when one knows the burning times of medieval Europe, and the story in itself is actually a splendid cautionary tale. Good, but sad that not more effort was invested. Smart, as unpaid efforts are much like the promises of crones..? ;-)
  • Catastrophic Discoveries: Children of Cthulhu on May 17, 2020

    The cover is far beyond the prosaic quality found within, and no matter-of-taste debate changes that. The title, with the insistence that "catastrophic" is anything, but an attempt of the authors to make themselves stand out from the rest of the shelf... I don't know. Never before had need of it, when it comes to #Lovecraftian, #CthulhuMyth, or #weirdfiction. What we get is well-written, atmospheric Cthulhu horror, starting with a story, which reminded me of the expedition to the Mountains of Madness, though in an open-minded way. This collection of shorter stories is actually noteworthy, but cover and backside info work hard to make it remain ignored, or so it seemed to me. Seriously worth checking out, and more deserving of a high rating than many others (including some of my own stories).
  • Hauntin' Taunton - The State Asylum on May 18, 2020

    Short stories, some interwoven, from within Taunton State Hospital: I call some collections easily overlooked, as the title isn't the kind we search in search engines and browsers. This one had some pretty good stories, no major format issues either. The wall-walker and even the Devil make their appearances, and some stories are refreshingly NOT just haunted asylum, or ghost story. Fun for an evening, worthy to be checked-out.
  • Akira - The Energy Vampire on May 29, 2020

    The ebook, which I received, included the first two chapters of `Akira - The Energy Vampire´ by Ashton Lumley. The format was fine enough, I had no complaints there. A minor need for one more proofreading seems wise, as I found two mistakes on page one of the story. "Allowing the woman's fear TO..." kinda grammar & left-out aka missing words. The story idea is interesting. The story style though is not yet strong. First of all, we are thrown into the action, Akira fighting demons, without any definition about either energy vampires, or about demons. Such is not necessarily bad, but it means readers can be distracted wondering about what limits and powers those supernatural protagonists & antagonists really have. It could be remedied by making use of show-don't-tell techniques, means writing starter scenes, within which the readers see what Akira is capable of, and what demons do to innocent humans, when Akira doesn't stop it. The first chapter could be reformulated, as Akira telling his tale about background and origins, in example by rescuing a survivor (the woman), and accompanying her to a diner, or hotel, where the two talk about Akira, so the readers get a more solid impression of the world and the characters involved. As a hobby author I sympathize with people trying, and I am certain there are not many mistakes of the writing profession, which I didn't make myself, or am still making. So: Some more practice, some style polishing, and mandatory proofreading & grammar checking would make the story even better. Learning to accept the help of critics and beta-readers can yield more detail on such. Thanks for the cost-free reading.
  • Brimstone Huntress on June 06, 2020

    I haven't finished reading this Brimstone Huntress, and I did write real #reviews on #Smashwords (not mere comments of an amateur). I did get this ebook freely, and I do not comply to being pushed into reviewing. I may replace this, when I reconsider, or it gets deleted & I read another scolding, or get banned. Whatever.
  • Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I on June 11, 2020

    I have by now read "Union of Renegades - The Rys Chronicles, book one" by Tracy Falbe. First of all, it is a solid work, the kind I know from LONG fantasy novels. Rebels fighting & struggling against tyrants, with an interesting edge on ghosts. There were no format issues in the PDF version I received, as a free version, on #Smashwords. The story is interesting, but weakened by a prose not caring much about formulating sentences in an interesting, or entertaining, way at all. The second, minor drawback: Overuse of the name Dreibrand (one of the protagonists) in nearly every sentence. With around 180000 words, fans and readers of old-school novels will rejoice in this being a cost-free part of more from the author. I found it had a great concept, but I also think too much disregard for delivering it to the readership (I mean making transparent what happens, who is who, and such, NOT shipment) doesn't deserve five stars in the edition, as it is. A revision could make fans cheer and roar, of that I am certain.
  • Hand of the Reckoners on June 12, 2020

    Corrected review: Hand of the Reckoners, by Dana Crotts: I like this ebook, because it makes a lot right, and in a way, which I find both, atmospheric and readworthy. The prologue starting with a dying gnome (?) writing down his last words, quickly over, but leading into a prose telling us of the abstracts of the background world. I have no special sympathy for Euphos, but I found he is characterized well. The prose is to the point, which I hadn't read in a while, and it works. The file I got had a minor format loss. The kinda format loss, like line-breaks gone awry, which sometimes happens by turning any text into the ebook format. I know such from my own ebooks, and no, I am not publishing on #Smashwords, so I ain't busy hyping myself disguised, as a review. One no-go I found: "I did cast a cure light wounds spell on a paladin...", such is meta-knowledge, which belongs to the roleplayer, not to the character played, and it is considered very amateur and improper. Don't weaken your own prose, my kinda thought on it. Delving in the mysteries of ancient and unknown civilizations, opposing some scary evils, and adventuring are part of this ebook. I think it is noteworthy, and I hurried to review, because on Smashwords this ebook had no reviews at all, but is actually worth some more exposure. I appreciated getting this one, as cost-free. Thanks.
  • The Making on June 13, 2020

    The Making, by J. Eric Booker: My first, personal conclusion was: "It is like that Californication TV series, but with hyping subtext sermon of the Illuminati, instead of the Church of Satan!" The story is pretty cliche, and tells us about how Jeb ends up in death-row, after seemingly having found the express ticket to divine bliss on earth. Found in a rare book about Magick, which roots back to RL guys like Aleister Crowley, Eliphas Levi, and Rabbi Ben Shalom. Format and text flow (the prose) are fitting, and reminding of plenty of USA inspired. What I found noteworthy was not what was written, as I noted it is neither innovative, nor new at all. I found the knowledge it needs to mention all those cliche staccato's proves the author much smarter than the superficial first impression of the story itself does. Having seen it had no reviews at all, I ensured that those authors, who follow Robert Anton Wilson, are not overlooked. Another good point: When you like to read, how smart-mouthed, arrogant & narcissistic mainstream overachievers get their fall dished to them, then this one here hides quite some black humor under all those cliche moments. "From beloved husband and manager to a drug-wrecked, sectarian serial killer roasted on the electric chair... (kinda)"
  • Dark Gods Rising on June 15, 2020

    Dark Gods Rising, series: God Wars, Book 1, by Mark Eller While the idea is neither unique, nor new, there is some appeal to this ebook, and its story. The struggles to make it, while constantly hamstrung by dangerous competition and unforeseen events, are described pretty well. I found it a bit cliche, alike a Dungeons & Dragons retelling of Dante's Inferno, but that is my subjective opinion. What I found spoiling is the prose: It is descriptive, but not really entertaining, nor narrating. "Alike a babbling camera hungry for our attention." I mean 3 stars, but coz of my own pickiness I make it 4 stars.
  • Deception Tips: 101 Cues To Detecting Deception on June 21, 2020

    Deception Tips: 101 Cues To Detecting Deception, by Spencer Coffman: This came, as a pseudo-comic, as the author had chosen to paste screenshots of each hint (dumbest cliche already known, imho) into the PDF I received. It dishes us proverbial cookie wisdom, so ill-compressed that scrolling the pages malfunctions. I wasn't impressed, but may be billions of other readers enjoy such.
  • From Ash on June 21, 2020

    From Ash, by M. Chris Benner: Table of Contents 1. SixTwelveSilvia 2. Carolinas 3. The Journal of Dr. Elsa Morgan Monroe 4. The Cove Inn 5. The Misters J 6. Seven Signs of a Psychopath 7. Persephone I can't say it was flawless, as left-out aka missing words spoiled some of the prose, but the issues were minor. And I enjoyed the humor: Each time a suspect tells the Detective that there are neither corpses, nor victims, in the basement (cellar, dungeon), they soon thereafter attack him in the dark (Agent Starling movie scene), and there are always corpses and survivors. Technically not all stories were of equal quality. I liked some though, and i had sympathy with country bumpkins, who tried to avenge themselves unto the masterminds of a fraud scheme, which had driven their entire little town into bankruptcy. Good start, weaker in the middle stories, but then the aged Detective is back. The ideas were great, but not all of it was already in splendid writing style. Still, I think the author is more noteworthy, then all I only reviewed due to the "review reminder" (I don't believe in coerced reviews, and neither in paid-for reviews).
  • Seven Devils on June 22, 2020

    SEVEN DEVILS, by M. Chris Benner Copyright 2012 Matthew Christopher Benner Smashwords Edition My mistake, as having been appreciative about "From Ash" made me make one of the noob mistakes: Instantly going for all other freebies by that author, without considering they may be independent works, or different genres, when compared to the one I liked. To me Seven Devils is a notably weaker work than "From Ash", and I really did not enjoy any of it. "Failed to connect", as the stories trickled through, where the prior book had me proverbially hooked. I have nothing good to write, or recommend on this one, though I want readers to know this stems from my mistake, not from the author. Or, at least, mostly not. I found the prose more clumsy, as if this book was much older, from when the author had less practice. The picture of the mosquito warrior was decently funny, but that fun should have been spawned by the stories, which, to me, was utterly not so. I vote this high, as I don't dumpo my mistake unto the author, and because I dislike those review-reminders pushing me into reviews (I wrote several real ones on #Smashwords) CONTENTS_______________ 1. The Mosquito Warrior 2. The Scattershot 14 3. The Next Nine Days 4. The Blue Sky 5. The Asterisk 6. The Time to Go 7. The Siege on Philadelphia
  • A Sip Before Dying on July 18, 2020

    "A Sip Before Dying" by Gemma Halliday, to me, was boring and lengthy crime fiction. I won't downvote it, as tastes vary and the author does a solid job. But it was really just a simple "whodunit" (Who is the killer?). The format, prose, and grammar are certainly no problem. The readers do get dialogues and clues, also a clear impression about how the characters are faring. I found the failure in having no clue (the author) on what entertains about reading it. To me it was not cozy, and not interesting. So, 3 stars in my own opinion, but not being ungrateful for the free copy I received via #Smashwords, I vote it 5 stars, so other readers can evaluate it themselves (instead of having "to believe" me).
  • The Amulets of Sihr on Aug. 04, 2020

    The Amulets of Sihr, written by Abu Bilaal Yakub: A story of desert realms, shifting sands, despicable "normalcy" of slavery, Jinn, treachery, and Sorcery! Appreciated, but with some flaws, which can spoil reading it. To me the descriptions & standard dialogues failed to outmatch narrating & storytelling. It is, by now, what each 99 cent fantasy novel dishes us across hundreds of pages. A general's duty to oppose the dark prince (Shaitan, Sauron, Hitler...) of his age, a city of the dead with secrets, dangerous witches & torture... Could be a saga, and reminds of a time, when no crusades and no racism impaired those exotic cultures and oriental mindsets. I was asked to review by #Smashwords. I would say only 3 stars, but I vote 5 stars, so others can judge it. Thanks for granting me a cost-free copy!
  • Morgengrauen (Danach #0) on Aug. 18, 2020

    The attitude and character choice of the intro made me delete this book in disgust. It did not fail to hook me, it peed me off instead. As this is a matter of personal taste I do not give a low star ranking. Shall other readers, billions that are online, check it out and review on their own.
  • Spooky Stacks: Four Horror Tales on Aug. 22, 2020

    Spooky Stacks: Four Horror Tales by Scott Nicholson Fast Zombies Suck by Brian Keene Pizza Face by Bryan Smith A Farewell to Arms by Scott Nicholson Cooked by Jonathan Maberry We get four stories, which are very different in background and topic. I enjoyed the fourth one. The format is fine, and the prose is flawless-enough to read them within an hour, or two.
  • A Silence of Spiders on Aug. 22, 2020

    A Silence of Spiders by Todd Miller: A classic, localized urban legend horror for younger adults. While the idea is splendid, the prose has lengthy and boring parts, which could be improved aka polished. A group of four troubled teenagers gets drawn into the local urban legend & the black magic, which gave malevolent life to it. A quote: “All magic is. There is a terrible cost. Magic will twist your brain and corrupt your very soul. Many a foolish dabbler has died, thrashing in his straitjacket and screaming incoherent nonsense in some forgotten lunatic asylum. However, I have walked the Grey Path and my mental faculties remain as strong as ever. And that is despite the constant attacks of the shadow people, the ones who send their spectral servants into my home, into my walls, my washing machine, even under the floorboards; All night long they whisper, always whispering, whispering and scratching at the ceiling with their long, sharp fingernails and singing their little whispering songs.” Don't blame the reviewer for the lack of precaution against crime, disease, and consequence. This is #Fiction, not real world occult practice.
  • A Dream of Death (Detective Lincoln Munroe, Book 1) on Aug. 31, 2020

    A Dream of Death (Detective Lincoln Munroe, Book 1): "A detective, haunted by traumatic memories from his own past, is part of the team, which hunts down a serial killer rampant in London, Ontario, Canada. A killer, who targets wives home alone, while their husbands are at work!" It is a full book-length #CrimeFiction story, but I did not like any of the protagonists, found it a bit cliche, and got bored before the mandatory cop-wife also got killed... Format and prose are quality though, as I could run the PDF through my audio software and have it read to me with just one pronunciation problem in the entire ebook!
  • Drasmyr (Prequel: From the Ashes of Ruin) on Nov. 07, 2020

    Drasmyr (Prequel: From the Ashes of Ruin) Series: From the Ashes of Ruin By Matthew D. Ryan While I am happy that other readers liked it, I cannot agree. The writing style was not exactly entertaining, the vampire was not only overconfident, but written in predictable "guess, who will not get defeated" scenes. The idea might have been nice, but I know video games with more care to story and depiction of the factions. I am not ungrateful, and this was a freebie. Hence I give 4 stars, as several other reviewers worship this clumsy piece of prosaic cliche junk.
  • Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers on Nov. 21, 2020

    Review PDF; JeanNicole Rivers - Black Water Tales:The Secret Keepers Homecoming into small town life, all the unresolved issues cravenly left behind ago, romances laid to rest and reviving themselves. Nice idea with a supernatural horror streak. What I did not like is that the prose is descriptive, but not at all entertaining or storytelling. Such makes several scenes bleak & boring in my personal opinion. Format OK, no grammar issues. I vote 5 stars, so the author does not score a lower rating as first review on site. To me it was 3 star at best. And no worry, some of my own works are far from 5 stars as well.
  • A Cruel Winter on Nov. 22, 2020

    A Cruel Winter By Richard Turner The version I downloaded was predictable, bleak, and boring. "A vampire, called Draug, wants to prevent the one sword, which can kill the vampire, from making it out of Russia. An Irish noob in the defeated army of Napoleon Bonaparte's Russian Campaign wants to stay alive and make it back home. Unaware that the magical sword is stashed somewhere in his forlorn bunch of dying soldiers..." The basic idea is nice, but certain mistakes spoil it here and there. I found the names and terms, like Draug, very much overused. The ending is no final confrontation, but more a 'the author is tired, so bugger off'. A waste of time to all, who already know some vampire fiction.
  • Tales From The Grimoire on June 25, 2021

    Tales from the Grimoire by Eli Reinhardt The pdf I had received offered three short stories, each around only 2 pages in length: Luck of Thieves Retribution Monsters The prose is fluid, the stories make sense, but I was greatly impaired by knowing that, if my name would be beside the copyright sign, then even my most humble critics would have stomped me for such a lacking work! The stories are quick reads, and I know modern people often find stories finished in less than 3 minutes to be fun. It works. Like with flash fiction though, there is nothing else. The author did not waste words, but only 3 stories leave a very vague memory. Still, such does not make me eager to hamstring any writer, and hence I give 4 stars for the idea, generosity, and daring to dish us such minimalism.
  • The Monstrous Vision of the Cthulhu Call - Book 1 - Horror on Aug. 29, 2021

    My mistake to download this.
  • Heart in a Jar on Jan. 24, 2022

    Heart in a Jar by Baden Campbell: I know the author, superficially so, from another website. This story is a `marriage issue & getting even´, which IS worth reading. The style of Baden Campbell is something MANY will like, as he is cultivated, able to be dark one moment & joyful, charming, educated another instance WITHOUT breaking the story flow of his stories! Baden Campbell is also a man of his word among authors: One of the rare people, who do their share of a review-swap (legitimate on other websites), and able to find words expressing more than literally written. Kudos!
  • Thirteen Guests on March 25, 2022

    Thirteen Guests by Joleene Naylor I have a habit of giving generous ratings, whenever an ebook is cost-free. I also often feel awkward, when reviewing any more successful & much more productive author. ;-) Joleene Naylor is into adult vampire stories, and extensively so. I am a first time reader of her works, starting with `Thriteen Guests´. I like the idea, short stories from the perspective of party guests, as such allows the readers to gain different viewpoints and prepare for the novel length works of `Amaranthine Vampires´. Format, grammar, and chosen descriptions are not bad. The choice of party guests is versatile, although their names are effing weird. Being myself only into vampires, when Vampire the Masquerade or Shadowrun roleplaying is part of it, I won't be judgmental, though i am very happy this is not another `Oh, Edward!´ (Treat the ugliest woman as queen of porn stars and lie into her face, encouraging every delusion of grandeur a junkie can come up with kinda BS). Readers should remind themselves that the author offers several short story collections to `get into her world´, and that full novels are also available. Else, one may feel overwhelmed! That is not a drawback though, as half of us would be envious about so many finished works. ;-) Joleene Naylor is worth checking-out, and she generously gives us a choice of cost-free titles. I started with Thirteen Guests, instead of `Tales from the Island´, as I wanted different characters to speak their mind, before I go for (so it seems) a novel protagonist in another story. Thanks for the freebie, good luck with your future efforts.
  • Vampire Morsels: Short Story Collection on March 25, 2022

    Vampire Morsels by Joleene Naylor is another ebook offered cost-free by the author, and with a good chance to get 17 more perspectives on the `Amaranthine Universe (Blood-Suckyverse)´. The formulations, flow, and style are not any worse than in `Thirteen Guests´, the ebook about Andrei's party written from perspective of each guest. Comma placement is not always flawless, but I can guarantee that my ebooks often would have more mistakes in comparison (cheap proofreading software). For a short story collection the notion of vampires older than 5000 years may seem overtly ambitious, but I remind that the author followed up with several finished novels set into her vampire world. Also, a nice extra on the author website, our chance to see some of the characters: