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ballerjuice's favorite authors on Smashwords

D. D. Riessen
Latest book: East Side. Published March 29, 2018. (5.00 from 1 review)
Flash Fiction 40
Latest book: Flash Fiction 40 Anthology - July 2009. Published July 20, 2009. (5.00 from 1 review)
Leon De Kock
Latest book: Night is for Nightmares. Published February 1, 2018.
Malcolm Torres
Latest book: The Pirate, Part III: Big Daddy. Published March 25, 2018. (5.00 from 12 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by ballerjuice

  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on Aug. 04, 2015

    It was refreshing to read this well written story. There's plenty of action, vivid descriptions and a great main character. Mainly it's about a guy who is working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. He is put in charge of a very dangerous situation and he deals with it bravely and with a sense of humor.
  • Nocturna League (Episode 1: The Witching Book) on Aug. 04, 2015

    A good salty sea yarn about the crew of the MS Nocturna and their visit to a fantastic island. It's the first part of series.
  • Beds of Kelp on Aug. 04, 2015

    Really enjoyed this very short story about sailing and relationships. The author uses numerous nice images that made me feel like I was on the sailboat off the Southern California coast.
  • A Tinkling Piano in the Next Apartment on April 19, 2016

    Cute story with a nice ending. It's very short and can be read in a just a few minutes.
  • Eighteen Photos of Friendly Watervliet on April 19, 2016

    Random pics taken around Watervliet, NY. Most seem to be taken while driving around town. Interesting but nothing special.
  • Guide to Dreaming on May 21, 2018

    It's downright strange that we as people are not in touch with our dreams. How messed up is it that we spend half our life asleep, having dreams but we spend like zero time trying to understand our dreams. Dreams are a mystery worth solving figuring out because, as the author points out, we can control our dreams if we practice. And I am here to tell you that it is true. I have been reading sections of this book over and over for months, and I try to read it right before I go to sleep and right when I wake up. I have reached the point where I can't control my dreams but I can influence my dreams. It's pretty crazy because I've had conversations with people who died a long time ago (in my dreams). I've had some really pleasurable yet really weird sex with several two different women (in my dreams) but I have no idea who they are. I'm wondering if the women I'm romancing in my dreams are asleep at the time and they are controlling their dreams. Is it possible that we are having nocturnal hookups? I know it sounds really weird, but it's true, you can control / influence your dreams, just follow the instructions in this book.
  • The War on Drugs Is a War on People on May 21, 2018

    I get that the world is a rough and raw place and if you play around with drugs then you get involved with the police and the criminal justice system. Some people get a raw deal in one state where weed is still illegal while a one-day drive away weed is legal and it's no problem. That is a messed up reality of our modern time. Today in CA for example they are letting people out of jail and wiping their record clean if they were convicted of weed related crimes in the past, since it is now legal in CA -- but in other states like Nevada it's still illegal and people are arrested and sent to jail because of weed. It's messed up. However, the law is the law, and yes cops are rough, judges are tough and 'criminals' get screwed. Worst of all, prison is a bad bad deal. There is nothing (or very little) about the prison system that is going to help reform people. I think most people who go to prison will end up beat down and bitter -- as this story illustrates clearly. Some of those feelings (beat down and bitter) come through loud an clear from this author who has done time for petty drug offenses. Ultimately, it's up to each person to take responsibility for their situation and their past, and then take control of their future. This author raises many good points, but also seems to be passing the responsibility on to others (which is something many cons do). I enjoyed this story and I cheer for this writer to keep writing and champion the cause of those wrongly accused.
  • The Pirate, Part I: The Traitor on May 21, 2018

    This is an "in your face" story about a coast guard recruit who runs afoul of the law. Even though he's wearing the uniform and his captain thinks he's an eagle eye look out, he's actually a bad boy . . . with a guilty conscience. Jack Turner, the coast guard sailor, wants to do the right thing but in this story he's taking chances and potentially getting himself into some deep doo-doo. The future episodes of this tale will reveal how it turns out, I suppose. In this story, THE TRAITOR, every time you think you know where it's going, a new twist appears and takes the story in a different direction. But not to worry you are in the hands of a highly skilled writer who never lets you down and never leaves you confused. There are only a few characters and they are all on a collision course that builds up tension on every page. This is a crime story but not for the up-tight law abiding citizens who insists on accurate police procedures. If you only want your bad guys bad and your good guys good, then don't read this, because there is a lot of depth to the characters, they are very real and they play it fast and loose on both sides of the law (which is how things are in the real world at times).
  • Time Travel Police Corruption on May 21, 2018

    This story jumped around quite a bit and had a lot of action and time travel in a short span of pages. I think if this author really put their mind to it they could write a sci-fi thriller of the highest order.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on June 10, 2018

    This book is required reading for any author or artist who is trying to create an online presence an it's written by the guy who created and manages this web site - Like they say, take your investment advice from the rich, well you should create your social media marketing and online identity with advice from a person who has succeed at both - Mark Coker. There is so much to do when it comes to creating your online presence, what with Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, Google, Amazon, iBooks, eReaders, on demand printing, mobile apps, blogs and websites and then there's multimedia videos, audio, graphics, games. It would be easy to spin your wheels and waste your time posting and everything else you can do online, to have countless hours add up to nothing. But in this book, there are many concrete actions and ideas that help direct all the energy you may have into key activities that are more likely to create success for you and your brand online. I see so many writers out there who create this huge following of other writers, they join all these writer's groups, and post about writing all the time, but in my opinion it is an epic fail for writers to connect with other writers online. Like Coker says in this book, set yourself apart and find readers (actual people who enjoy the kinds of books you write). Make connections with the actual people who are genuinely interested in your niche, and establish yourself as a personality (an expert) in that niche. Figure out what the people who are interested in your niche actually want. Give the people who are interested in your niche something genuine and new. This is the best advice I've had about creating an online identity.
  • The Pirate, Part II: The Kingpin on June 10, 2018

    Once again, Malcolm Torres, has written a great sea story that moves quickly from set up to action and conflict. The characters are very original yet you feel you know them, and best of all: As the action picks up, you feel like you are inside a slow motion car crash. The chapters are short, each one drives the plot forward. Each new bit of action builds on the 3 or 4 main characters so we know them better and we are surprised by their actions. Almost from the first page of this series, we see this major conflict coming together. I found it impossible to put this book down. Malcolm Torres is, in my humble opinion, the best person (and most genuine) writing sea stories today. One thing I would like to add is this: As an old Navy guy who made a few Med cruises back in the 90s, I have had many experiences that most other people have never had and will never have. I've moved on from that life, the life of a sailor, but it's still a part of me. I think about ships and sailors and sea stories all the time, but there is rarely anyone to share those memories with any more. And this is the reason I like reading the stories written by Malcolm Torres, because he writes about ships and sailors. He doesn't write about politics and super high technology weapons and international spies, he writes about sailors who risk their lives, get in trouble, fall in love, travel to exotic places, have real adventures and it's all real.
  • The Pirate, Part III: Big Daddy on June 10, 2018

    I grabbed all three parts of this series and read them in a few days. The story pulled me in and kept me hanging by a thread. The action zoomed along. It's all about a Coast Guard sailor who is a likeable knucklehead. He gets involved with some pretty serious criminals. There are many good laughs, violence, lots of friendship and love along the way. I highly recommend this story. I've read everything by Malcolm Torres and his books keep getting better, especially if you like sea stories.