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  • Personal Empowerment for Empaths on May 07, 2017

    I read a lot, especially self help books and personal enrichment type books. This one is well written and has lots of good advice for everyone. Even if you are not an empath, you can still get a lot of great ideas for living a good healthy life in this book. Thank you.
  • Geçmişinde Yaşayan Adam: Üniversite on May 09, 2017

    This is a memoir written by a guy who is remembering his days with his friends in college. It is full of stories some funny, some sad but all with interesting ideas about life and friendship. Does not really have a plot but a few lessons about life as they guys go from one minor adventure to another. I translated it from Turkish to English using an online service which made for some interesting and often funny use of words and phrases.
  • Genesis on May 09, 2017

    This is well written with smooth flowing sentences, perfect spelling and grammar. The story moves along but the main plot is slow in developing. There are many 'slice of life' scenes and the characters are talking, thinking, moving around, doing lots of every day things, providing their ideas during most of the first half of the book. Yes the main character moves to a strange new place, has her life upended, has to resettle in a new location, but that did not really add up to an interesting plot. It did not pull me in and make me want to find out what was going to happen next. I found myself skimming over sections wanting to get to something more interesting. Finally deep in the second half of the story things start to heat up and get a bit mysterious and interesting. Overall, a solid story with a good pace, but I wanted more sooner. I look forward to reading more by this talented author.
  • Silk Whispers on May 09, 2017

    This author knows how to get the characters into the action and create some fun and sexy scenes. The writing is a bit like a cozy mystery with a dash of crime and erotica. Everything is cool but it's always controlled and safe. I found myself wanting the story to get a little crazier. The author has so much obvious talent but seems to be holding back, kind of playing it safe. The characters are the kind of people you want to hang out with and get to know . . . even on an intimate level. I'll be reading more of this author's stories for sure.
  • Church Girl on May 09, 2017

    This story mixes sex, a dirty mind, church and a couple of virgins. No spoilers; all I'll say is it's funny, sarcastic and bit dirty.
  • Dream Whispers on May 11, 2017

    Starts slow with a simmering romance where both characters want it but neither goes for it. You know what's going to happen, there are heavy hints and foreshadowing for quite a while. The author builds up the sexual tension. It's like an itch that you can't scratch but you just want to scratch it so bad. The smooth writing moves the story along nicely and the characters are fun to be around. Oh, and when they finally start scratching that itch, it feels soooooo good.
  • That Moment... on May 14, 2017

    This book has lots of 'best seller ingredients.' It shows many moments that get at the heart of human existence full of serendipity and spirituality. In one story after another, the author opens up so many mysteries found in life. The downside is that the narrative voice continuously goes back to a somewhat didactic tone, telling and not showing. Many times I was reading along, totally tuned into the story, then the 'narrator' who is obviously the author began to impose their interpretation onto the story. A good editor, with an eye for what's written between the lines could cut out some of the didactic parts and improve the book immensely.
  • Coven of Dixon Cliff on May 31, 2017

    This book brings back some of the characters from Anela Bay and expands that fictional universe. Great splashy atmosphere where good battle bad witches with spells, dances, comedy and lots of action, plus some steamy sex scenes.
  • A Holiday to Remember on June 16, 2017

    Very nice story if a bit tame.
  • How I Met My Husband: The Real-Life Love Stories of 25 Romance Authors on June 16, 2017

    Several of these stories really made the sparks fly for me, and several of them were ho-hum. I wonder why this book is listed as fiction but these are true stories.
  • TUH on June 16, 2017

    The narrative goes along nicely. The main character is interesting and the story is well told, with each chapter introducing new twists and turns, new adventures and more insight into the main character. I enjoyed the fantasy elements and the plot. Nice story!
  • The Liberator - part 1 on June 16, 2017

    It's fun to read the Bible stories in comic format. With pictures it's easy to tell the stories quickly in just a few pages.
  • Huckleberry Finn on June 16, 2017

    Thanks for making this classic free here on Smashwords. This is a book that every person should read because the story is always relevant to our time even though it was written long ago. It tells of friendship, family, adventure, growing up and a bit of American history.
  • God's Roadmap to the End on June 16, 2017

    There are too many profound insights in this book to name even a few. The author has undertaken a huge study to connect many elements, including scripture, history, spirituality and technology. The author's videos on YouTube are also insightful and educational.
  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on June 16, 2017

    I see these big Navy ships (aircraft carriers) on the news, but never really know about the sailors on them. This was very interesting to read because it really puts you a dangerous situation on the ship. The story races along with several good characters, some high tech systems like jets, catapults, fire fighting equipment. Best of all, the characters are likeable. I felt like I was there with them on the ship and it was very tense and emotional. I really wanted the main character to get home to his wife.
  • Descent on July 06, 2017

    The author uses a very interesting set up on this story and it caught me by surprise. Through the first few pages I was wondering what was going on, so I read faster with anticipation. This piece seems like a bit of world building for a potentially larger work of science fiction.
  • How to Lose Money and Irritate People on July 07, 2017

    I give this author a lot of credit for being prolific, with so many books published it's obvious that he is serious about writing. This story shows he has a comic edge. As the title says, this story is all about losing money and irritating people. The description and the many reviews had me expecting a over-the-top characters pulling off some outrageous stunts. My experience reading this is that there is a lot of time spent setting up the scene which is a low down and dirty gambling hall. The many 'mug punters' (the irritating people) who populate the joint are elderly, poor, down and out types. The story tracks very closely through many conversations and interactions between the main character and the irritating people who hang out in the gambling hall. Along with these interactions the main character tells in detail what a bunch of desperate losers the other characters are and how much the main character loathes them. At first it's really funny because the narrator is quite witty, but the step-by-step descriptions of every action and the loathing for everyone just kept going and going. Quite a ways into the story, I was really wanting the plot to take off. I wanted to the main character to start planning a major heist or develop a romantic interest or something, anything. After a while I started skimming ahead looking for the plot to ramp up. Pretty far into the story the plot did start to kick in and it was funny and engaging. This author has some great chops and dedication and he must keep going, keep writing! The gritty humor and the dramatic plot is there for sure, it's just under descriptions and scenery.
  • Zift on July 07, 2017

    It was a total trip to read this story by cutting and pasting it into Google translate. I don't know if it was the translation or the story itself but it was very interesting and, as promised in the description, it was MIND BENDING. The author should translate it and publish it in English for a much wider audience. It's not for everyone, taht is for sure, because it is very dark at times. Also, I don't think it lives up to the expectations set in the description where the author describes it as written by Stephen King and William Shakespeare. That is a pretty elite pair of authors don't ya know.
  • The Fifth Elemental - Shepisode 7 - Alicia on July 11, 2017

    Wow the plot is really heating up. I was expecting the spectacular action and character development to continue and it's almost there.
  • The Fifth Elemental - Shepisode 8 - The Fear of Quintets on July 11, 2017

    Truly a shattering climax! Quite a surprise and I can't believe it's over. I'll be looking for the next title from the prolific author. Thank you.
  • A Vampire in the Vatican 'Brotherhood of the Sword' on July 14, 2017

    The author really knows a lot about the inner workings of the Vatican and the Catholic church. I'm surprised nobody has written a story like this before, putting Vampires in the Vatican. The ever-present contrast between the detective, the priests and the bloodsuckers makes for some great suspense, surprises and action.
  • Nun with a Gun on July 19, 2017

    This author has created another great plot with plenty of strange twists and turns. Like the previous book (Vampire in the Vatican) the setting is original but the main character is back with his same wry humour and keen insights needed to solve the mystery. I especially like the religious aspects mixed into the story. Very original and fun to read.
  • Standoff, How The Cold War Really Ended on July 19, 2017

    This story has a really twisted plot and a good bit of humour. I was able to follow most of it, but there were several historical references that I didn't understand. There was a good balance between action and plenty of funny surprises, although there was quite a bit of long dialog with characters talking through many plot points.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on July 20, 2017

    A very nice set of instructions for marketing your ebooks, but these methods will likely apply to selling just about anything on line. The author is savvy to the various technology and marketing / networking methods, but I wonder if someone does all this will it really increase their chances of success?
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on July 20, 2017

    Many of the tips in this book are great, but quite a few are outdated. This book was last updated in 2013, which is 4 years ago and in "internet time" that's a long long time ago. I do really appreciate the authors support for indie authors, because I love reading the books here on Smashwords.
  • Pulchritudinous Book 1 on July 24, 2017

    A fun read for kids or for adults to read to a child. Involves a mysterious world kind of like Jungle Book meets Alice in Wonderland and includes many good life lessons (a bit didactic though).
  • Pulchritudinous Book 2 on July 24, 2017

    The first book in this 2 part series was free so I gave it a read and it was ok, good enough to make me read this 2nd part which was ok. As I wrote in the review for the 1st story, this was a fun read for kids or for an adult to read to a child. It involves a mysterious world kind of like Jungle Book meets Alice in Wonderland and includes many good life lessons (a bit didactic though).
  • A Tale of Two Cities on Sep. 10, 2017

    I can understand paraphrasing other stories to make them easier to read for young people or second language learners, but not this classic novel. Go ahead an paraphrase Ulysses, Shakespeare, Dante's Inferno, etc. but not The Tale of Two Cities. This story is not that complicated to begin with. My opinion is that if someone can read this, they can read the original. The effort may be well worth it. Truly one of the best novels ever written in the English language.
  • Random Thoughts ... Through a Coloured Prism on Sep. 10, 2017

    A few nice essays and stories in this collection. After reading about ten of them, I started to skim and search for the best pieces. The author might consider grouping the various essays into sections based on topics or themes. A good balance between reasoned persuasion and passion.
  • Death Watch - A Horror Short Story on Oct. 02, 2017

    Sick, twisted, demented and sad, just how I like a good heart-breaking horror story.
  • Lost Sunshine on Oct. 02, 2017

    I don't read lot of poetry, but I kept seeing this book related to other books I've read. I decided to give it a try. The author paints a picture of a sad and lonely existence. Throughout it seems there is an underlying level of joy beneath the apparent horror of our simple existence. Everybody interprets poetry differently, so this is just my interpretation.
  • Undead Underway (Undead in Blue #1) on Nov. 24, 2017

    This story is set aboard a submarine deep below the ocean's surface. It contains comedy and horror. It is very original and has lots of potential to be a movie or TV miniseries.