Unicorn Productions Books

Publisher info

Unicorn Productions was born in the late 1990s to publish the graphic novels and one-shot comics by Barbara G.Tarn.
Those photocopied zines with the unicorn logo are now out of print, so the dozen lucky readers who have them might one day get rich.
Now the imprint is alive again thanks to new technology. It's slowly expanding to other genres...
Barbara G.Tarn writes fantasy and some sci-fi, contemporary fiction including M/M romance and historical fantasy.
Barbara Sangiorgio is for the stories set in Italy that would get lost in translation and were written in the past century.

Smashwords Interview

Why do I get a unicorn instead of an author picture on this page?
Because that's the logo I used on my photocopied zines back in the 1990s - and still is on the POD version of my books. E-books don't have rooms for logos, so there you have it! :)
It's now also on the publisher's page at http://www.unicornproductionsbooks.com/
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I hate legalese and contracts. And I'm a control freak. And I'm too prolific for traditional publishing. And I write unconventional stuff with unconventional voice, so... indie a go go! :)

I'm very happy to be able to go out there and find my readers. I have a niche that traditional publishers won't cover. So, if you're an adult who still loves fantasy and sci-fi and other wondrous stories, check me out! :) Someone once told me I reminded her of George R.R. Martin, but since I haven't started on Game of Thrones yet, I have no idea. I haven't read Tolkien, so you won't find any of that for sure! :) No quests and no coming of age, but the rest... anything goes! Character-oriented and probably shorter than what traditional publishers want, but I believe the story has the length it has and I'm sick of pumping up wordcount to meed "industry standards"!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Unicorn Productions Books online

Warriors of the North
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 99,190. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2022 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Two novels about northern barbarian warriors and their non-warriorly partners, be them a prince who slept for a few centuries or a non-human magic user. Two novels of male lovers who live happily ever after. Or not.
Tales of the Northern Kingdoms
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,270. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2022 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Northern Kingdoms slowly form through wars and expansion, from city-states and small fiefs to what would soon be two powerful kingdoms covering most of the north. Archers and witches roam the land, and powerful spells can send you to sleep for years or decades.
Before the Shadows (Ghost Bus Riders Book 0)
Series: Ghost Bus Riders. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,440. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2022 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
In this book you'll find a few side stories set before the Ghost Bus Riders trilogy, when the characters were younger and more naive. Seven stories of half-bloods fighting monsters on Earth or discovering Elsewhere. Seven interesting takes on ghost buses and legendary creatures from all over the world.
Children of Darkness
Series: Themed Collections of Original Stories. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 28,870. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2021 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this collection of original stories, you will witness the re-birth of a number of European vampires, either through the eyes of their maker, Bran the Raven, or their own, as well as an Indian vampire and an African vampire. All these stories belong to the series Vampires Through the Centuries, historical fantasy with fangs.
Sunset of Shadows (Ghost Bus Riders Book 3)
Series: Ghost Bus Riders. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,470. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2021 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Meet Jayshree “Jay” Sood and Floriana “Flo” Fedele, two Millennials and ghost bus riders with slightly different powers but the same determination to put an end to the half-Shadows threat. Watch them learn from their elders and join forces in the struggle against the half-Shadows. The dramatic end of this intriguing trilogy, an urban fantasy novel set between Italy and India.
Days of Shadows (Ghost Bus Riders Book 2)
Series: Ghost Bus Riders. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,090. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2021 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Meet Jennifer “Jen” Smith and Dalilah Habib-Gallo, two ghost bus riders from two sides of the world involved in the struggle against the half-Shadows. An American Generation X and an Italian-Egyptian Millennial dealing with evil and possibly finding love. A breathtaking ride through NYC and Rome, an urban fantasy novel.
Dawn of Shadows (Ghost Bus Riders Book 1)
Series: Ghost Bus Riders. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,090. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2021 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Meet Elena Pace and Krishna Nayar, two Gen X ghost bus riders, with slightly different powers but the same determination in keeping the world free of dangerous magical beings. Watch them fight monsters and demons while trying to uncover the Shadow Elementals conspiracy to take over both worlds.
Lost in History
Series: Themed Collections of Original Stories. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 28,560. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2021 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of original stories with reenactors or tourists lost in time, through portals or timeslips, from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, in Europe, India or the United States.
Lands of Wonder
Series: Themed Collections of Original Stories. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,360. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2021 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Five original stories to visit Otherside, Elsewhere, Silvery Earth and alternate future timelines of Earth. Travel to these magical, weird or hyper-technological places with the characters.
A Taste of Silvery Earth
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,650. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2021 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Welcome to Silvery Earth. Water beings, winged people, shape-shifting dragons and elf-like beings mingle with humans throughout the history of this world.
Lessons From Past Lives
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2021 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Rohan is married to Charlie, but the lockdown is hard on their relationship. Rohan tries to relieve past lives to see if there's bad karma between them that needs to be cleansed.
L'Odissea di Lisa
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,140. Language: Italian. Published: December 8, 2020 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Un prequel di Onde Cerebrali, ambientato nel secolo successivo all'apocalisse della civiltà occidentale.
The Law of Three and Other Relationships
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,340. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2020 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
A collection of contemporary stories including the novella of the title.
Magical Friends
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 94,180. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2019 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A journey through the world, meeting people and seeing places. With a dragonette. A Silvery Earth novel. The sequel to Silvery Earth Kids.
Relationships
Series: Themed Collections of Original Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,900. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2018 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
Whether you're sixteen or forty, starting a new relationship is always a challenge, but it's worth fighting for. Two portal fantasy tales and three contemporary stories of people starting a relationship, possibly for the first time.
Joint Operations
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,030. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2018 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
Joint operations work best in the War on Terror. Being a spy is not as glamorous as in movies, but it's definitely an international job.
Otherside
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,280. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2018 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
A novella of cats and women hopping between ours and a steampunk world, a portal fantasy for everyone.
Angelica, Scholar (Silvery Earth Heroines)
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 60,290. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Magical Races are all but gone and Angelica is determined to write down the full history of Silvery Earth without revealing the secret of Rohan Tallisman, her first love.
The Fern and The Cross: A 12th Century Knight's Tale
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 67,800. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Almost killed by a brother-in-arms, saved by the enemy – a story of love and knightly duty around the third crusade.
Fall of the Southern Kingdoms
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,910. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2018 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A collection of stories that tell of the fall of the southern kingdoms of Silvery Earth.
Axelle, Wanderer (Silvery Earth Heroines)
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 71,100. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2017 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Axelle's story - a mixed blood of Silvery Earth, a wandering magic user and adventurer.
Honorable Assassins
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 74,560. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2017 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Talwar and Khanda, Assassins in Love and Saif's Story collected in one single book. A Silvery Earth story about the birth of the Assassins' Guild.
Quests Volume Two: The Paths of Fire and Earth
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 80,010. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2017 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A young half-blood with blue hair and bat-like wings, pointed ears and yellow eyes, he has the power of Air and Fire. When he makes rain pour over a gladiator ring, something unexpected happens. Meanwhile in the south, the merchant, the scholar and their bodyguard journey to the northern kingdoms springing up from the ashes of the Moren Empire.
Quests Volume One: The Paths of Water and Air
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 82,280. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2017 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The warrior, the healer and the magic user are all outsiders or outcasts looking for a place to call home in a hostile world, away from the aggressively expanding Varian and Blackmore Kingdoms. Fifteen years later, a journey of self-discovery for Sayla and her best friend Keenan who is also madly in love with her and ready to do everything to give her back her wings.
Tales of the Southern Kingdoms
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 119,360. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2016 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The tales of the southern kingdoms of Silvery Earth - what happens before Books of the Immortals Air
Tales of the Queendom of Maadre
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,870. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2016 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A collection of the stories of the Amazons Country. Three novellas and seven short stories of love and betrayal, a fascinating view of a continent under female rule and its many different queens.
Fairy Tales Revisited on Silvery Earth
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,170. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00 from 1 review)
Snow White, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Donkeyskin and the Little Mermaid revisited as sweet m/m romance and set on Silvery Earth, with the Magical Races mingling with Humans.
Today People
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 161,950. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2016 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
a collection of the contemporary stories of Barbara G.Tarn. Some were previously published as B.G. Hope
Firebird
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,290. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
He doesn't have a name. Or rather, he doesn't remember it. A Silvery Earth novella.
Kilig the Sword
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 98,380. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Kilig's life story from apprentice of an assassin to retired headmaster, and of the two green-eyed men who stole his heart
Body Switches
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 82,120. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
There’s a witch on the loose and she can turn our lives upside down. Samantha enjoys toying with us and she switches bodies at will. That’s the challenge Johnny & Marian, Ciaran & Harith and Pat & Babs have to deal with. Three novellas with a common denominator: Samantha the witch! Enjoy this humorous tales of body switches.
Pat & Babs
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,690. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Pat is a career woman Babs is a creative genius. The last experiment by Samantha the Witch – shorter body switch but with unexpected consequences, especially for Babs and her housemates. Bonus story: how Kyle and Rohit met in Rome.
The Hooded Man
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,930. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2014 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A young man heads back to his hometown to his beloved and finds a cruel governor ruling the city. But now he has secret skills to help him overcome.
Male Lovers of Silvery Earth
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,960. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Same-sex love is sometimes frowned upon even on Silvery Earth. These stories cover a few centuries of Silvery Earth history and are all set in the continent of Varia, a medieval Europe kind of world. Six racy short stories of passionate m/m love on Silvery Earth.
Daughters of Maadre
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,150. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Life isn't easy in the Queendom of Maadre. The Daughters of Amazonia have very strict laws for men – but also for women. Follow the life of two sisters and their men. Love and death in the Amazons Country.
Choices, Changes and Other Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,470. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Urban
A collection of stories previously published as B.G. Hope with a few new contemporary titles.
Ciaran & Harith
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,190. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Ciaran is a confused husband. Harith has a very strong "vain self". And Samantha the witch is back to teach a lesson to these two very different married men. Will their spouses be able to handle the body switch? And what about Ciaran's children?
Six Months and Other Love Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,520. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A collection of love stories previously published as B.G. Hope.
The Enlightened Emperor (Chronicles of the Varian Empire - Volume 3)
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,540. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Enlightened Emperor and The Warrior Woman, a novel and a novella of Silvery Earth.
Johnny & Marian
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,480. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Marian doesn't love herself enough. Johnny loves himself too much. When a spell switches their places, one is upset, the other overjoyed. Being someone else can't be that hard. Or is it?
The Left-handed Warrior (Chronicles of the Varian Empire - Volume 2)
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,730. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Left-handed Warrior and its sequel, Records of the Varian Empire, in a single volume.
The Spell (Chronicles of the Varian Empire - Volume 1)
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,150. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Spell and Allan de Sayek behind the same cover. A Silvery Earth novel and a novella.
Books of the Immortals - Earth
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,410. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2011 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
500 years later – has the magic all vanished? In the last Book of the Immortals the Magical Races are gone. Can Humans deal with the loss? An actress turned journalist. The legitimized bastard son of a nobleman. A mercenary turned police woman. A runaway prince turned courtesan. Outsiders and witnesses of a hot summer of mysterious royal murders. Silvery Earth faces its future without magic.
Best of Friends
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,980. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2011 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Urban
A famous pop-rock band experiences success, friendship and love on their cross-country tour. *bonus* original short story included.
Books of the Immortals - Ether
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,210. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Healer. Magic user. Victim. A natural non-human magic user against a minion of a Pond of Dark Magic. The struggle for power between Humans and Genn is only at the beginning.
Books of the Immortals - Water
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,580. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2011 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kiss a goddess. Become invulnerable to everything. Love. Feelings. Even death. Can you ever feel human again?
Books of the Immortals - Fire
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,000. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2011 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
A half-blood warrior fails to prevent an ambush. Hit by an enemy spell, he sleeps for a century. He wakes up in a future where he doesn't belong. He made a mistake. Now he must find a way to undo history to fix it.
Books of the Immortals - Air
Series: Silvery Earth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,060. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2011 by Unicorn Productions Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.67 from 6 reviews)
Welcome to Silvery Earth. Winged beings, water people, shape-shifting dragons and an Immortal mingle with Humans as they try to find their place in the world and someone to love. Add an adventurer, a sculptor, a winged being, a foreign soldier, a princess and a sorceress in a gripping story of bitterness and love, darkness and light. Adult fantasy with mild sex and violence.

Series

Silvery Earth
The series is called Silvery Earth because the world is the common thread. This is sociological fantasy where characters live and die, and history unfolds through the centuries. Unlike other fantasy worlds that never change through the millennia, the Humans of Silvery Earth grow and change under the incredulous eyes of the Magical Races (Genn, Sila, Waiora and Fajrulo). Not even the Immortals could foresee the evolution of those pesky, short-lived barbarians. This unconventional fantasy is character-oriented, inspired by our planet's cultures but not exactly our planet. Most protagonists are outsiders, trying (or not) to fit in their world/culture/hometown, who often end up wandering through the world looking for a place to call home. Explore this secondary world through novels, novellas and short stories collections. And a graphic novel. And a strip.
Ghost Bus Riders
You know when you check your public transport app and it says the bus is coming but none appear? You just missed the ghost bus to Elsewhere, where creatures of myth and legend are real and the Elementals rule. Only half-bloods can see the ghost bus and use it to keep the world safe from dangerous creatures trying to trespass in our technological present. Available also in paperback on Amazon and some other retailer.
Themed Collections of Original Stories
Original, never seen before stories grouped by theme, spanning different genres.
Relationships
Price: $2.99 USD.
Lands of Wonder
Price: $4.99 USD.
Lost in History
Price: $4.99 USD.
Children of Darkness
Price: $4.99 USD.

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Smashwords book reviews by Unicorn Productions Books

  • The Black God's War: A Novella Introducing a New Epic Fantasy on Sep. 11, 2010

    A good taste of a bigger tale for all epic fantasy lovers out there.
  • Twenty-Somewhere on Dec. 12, 2010

    I've long forgotten my 20s and I'm Italian (therefore with a different educational background, even from England), but I really enjoyed this story. It's witty, funny and dramatic at the same time. The characters are very real to me, even if I'm a foreigner and could be their mum. I look forward to read more about Sophie, Claudia and MJ!
  • 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire on Feb. 22, 2011

    Very funny and highly entertaining, with some real travel tips thrown in - will have to keep this until the day I meet Louis de Pointe du Lac (Hollywood version, please)! Great job - must check the novels and will ASAP!
  • Wandering Koala meets the Beast who came for Christmas 1 of 3 on May 21, 2011

    cool comic (an special thanks to the author for the article on "I love Smashwords")
  • Wandering Koala rides The Phantom Coach comic 1 on May 21, 2011

    I like the mute protagonist! :-)
  • The Bones of the Sea on May 23, 2011

    A very captivating sci-fi tale on how humans tend to destroy everything in their wake. If you had to face the protagonist's situation, what would YOU do?
  • Shades of Gray on June 23, 2011

    OK, first of all, I'm not a fan of vampires and I'm stuck to Ann Rice's first 3 books (and I prefer the movie of Interview anyway, but I read also the Vampire Lestat and Queen of Darkness, then I had enough of the gore and quit). BUT Katelina's "voice" is so strong and funny (and in third person, yay!) that I really rushed through this. The right amount of gore, sex and humor, so to speak. And I look forward to start the second book of the series and all the short stories I skipped so far.
  • Legacy of Ghosts on July 21, 2011

    it's good to be back in this world, even if Katelina is sometimes annoyingly stupid... but then, no conflict/wrong choices/stupid reactions, no story, right? Looking forward to the third book...
  • Cigs, Bolan & Strange Men with Guns on Aug. 09, 2011

    a fast and entertaining read. Looking forward to more!
  • Alien Abduction on Sep. 19, 2011

    5 star story with 3 star execution. Lots of head hopping and omniscient narrator (which isn't necessarily bad, but needs some getting used to), and lots of indirect speech. The story is told more than shown and sometimes the repetitions slow down the action. I have very mixed feelings about this, I admit it! I liked the story, but those huge blocks of text made it for a slow read... do I want more? Maybe. Yeah, I guess I want to know what's next. But I'm not in a rush.
  • Flidderbugs on Sep. 20, 2011

    I'm not a fan of talking animals (and even less insects), but this satire was wonderful. I read it in two sitting and recommend it to both adults and children - the latter will enjoy the story, but their parents will be able to read the subtext. Must check more about this author!
  • Ties of Blood on Sep. 25, 2011

    It's good to be back in this world. It's bad it's not the last book and the happily ever after seems so far away. I KNOW the next thing on Jorick and Katelina's schedule won't go as smoothly as they plan! And I'll have to wait until next year? Yikes! That's torturing your readers! Anyway, another dose of fun AND gore with the right amount of sex and action was very welcome... Did I mention that Jorick has become my favorite vampire? And I have mixed feelings about the newcomer, red-headed Verchiel... much like Katelina!
  • The 4 Types of Artists – Starving, Dying, Dead, and Rich! on Sep. 26, 2011

    Absolutely love the Mighty Caricaturist - and if she feels like Hulk, I'll kindly remind her she's more like a She-Hulk (i.e. she has a brain)! Way to go, Shafali! We want more!
  • The 5 P's of Creativity on Sep. 26, 2011

    Can't stick to those even if I'm "part-time" artist, but it's lovely... Will be waiting for more Shafali fun!
  • Coming Home (Dicky's Story) on Oct. 06, 2011

    A very funny and inspirational story. I usually don't like first person narration, but this was another exception - the witty (male) protagonist captured me from the very beginning and I couldn't let the book down. Having Jewish friends and in spite of being very bad at maths, I figured out it's set in the 23rd century - but it's a very different century from Star Trek! ;-) A post-apocalyptic Earth and those Black Coats that reminded me of A stranger among us - underground. I recommend it to anyone who wants an uplifting love-story, regardless of his/her religion. Oh, but it's a sci-fi romance, so no hardcore sci-fi fans! ;-)
  • Doodling on Oct. 24, 2011

    this fast and funny satire reminded me of the Little Prince (although I read it many many years ago, but the traveling through planets or asteroids is similar) AND the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy. A very enjoyable read.
  • The Glendale Witch on Oct. 29, 2011

    I'm not really in the target audience for this book, but it is well written and fast paced and with some underlying humor (unless it's the cynical adult me who saw it). Recommended for all YA readers, but mostly girls. Ever wanted to be a witch? This is the book for ya!
  • The Other Slipper on Feb. 20, 2012

    A Cinderella spinoff or at least another take on the glass slippers story. A funny and entertaining mission where not everything is as expected - quite the opposite! For fairy tales and fantasy lovers of all ages.
  • In My Shoes on March 18, 2012

    I won this book in a giveaway, which means I might have not put it on my TBR list, but I enjoyed it nevertheless - in spite of not being the target audience. It's a fun read, the only critique I have is the use of first person but from two characters point of view, which sometimes makes it hard to understand who's talking until a few paragraphs in the chapter as both characters sound the same. It's a great body swap story, though, and I'm glad I had the chance to read it!
  • Two People Having Sex (An Erotic Parody) on March 27, 2012

    It’s brilliant and funny! It’s also very short, so really, give it a shot – I love parodies when they’re well done!
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on May 05, 2012

    A must for all indie authors - even those who are already aware of those "secrets". There's no one way for everyone, but it all starts with one Great Book. And another. And another. Fair companion to the Marketing Guide by the same author.
  • Wrath, Prequel to Tredan's Bane on July 12, 2012

    a good world building setting up for the novel. Interesting views of magic - should try the novel sometime in the future. Short but good!
  • Lipstick Tales on Nov. 07, 2012

    Quick and sweet reads for romantic moods... Hoping to see longer works from this author soon!
  • Ashes of Deceit on Jan. 24, 2013

    Another instalment in my favorite vampire series - and I'm not a vampire fan, in case you're wondering. My first and last vampires books were the first 3 Ann Rice's books in the late 1990s and I was so NOT impressed that I quit after Queen of the Damned and thought I'd never read another vampire book after those 3. Then comes the new millennium, blogging and Joleene Naylor. Now I'll have to wait for book 5, gah! Anyway, I still love her humor, her perfect balance of adult themes and gore, and her crazy characters who often take over her blog, so you better follow that as well. Sometimes I feel sorry for Katelina and Jorick - will they ever be free? ;) And what is really going on in Verchiel's head? Only the author will tell...
  • Fiction River: Unnatural Worlds on May 01, 2013

    Okay, can't give the half-star here, but it's 3 and a half if I do the maths. This anthology was a great read. Glad Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch went back to editing and publishing! 5 stars to: "The grasshopper and my Aunts", "Here, Kitty Kitty", Shadow side. 4 stars to: "Life between dreams", "That lost riddle", "Barbarians". 3 stars to: "Finally family", "Sisters", "Dog Boy Remembers". 2 stars to: "True Calling", "A taste of joie de vivre", "The witch's house" If you like short stories, don't miss it! :)
  • Oglers Inc. - 6 Stages of Ogling on May 18, 2013

    This is a verbal caricature as funny as the others. Especially for us women, used to those oglers throughout our lives. She nailed it again! Yay for the Caricaturist!
  • Wyrd Worlds on Sep. 12, 2013

    I'm in the anthology, so I didn't count my own story. I divided the star rating by 13 stories. My favorites are (in no particular order - or better in the order I read them in the anthology) The blue fial Explain that to a martian The Imaginary Invasion Monday Imps Mesrin Station
  • The Italian School for Assassins on May 06, 2014

    Just couldn't put it down. Loved the witty humor, the action and the romance. Highly recommended.
  • Jinx And The Faerie Dragons on Aug. 23, 2014

    old or young, if you believe in faeries, check this out. Faeries are cute, but faery dragons are even cuter! And the story was the right length for my tastes (I don't like short short stories). Here's to more on faeries and faery dragons!
  • Bluebell The Fairy Guide on Aug. 25, 2014

    a short, lovely fairy tale with a blind girl... because faeries love children, and I do believe in them even if I'm a grownup!
  • The Great Tadpole Rescue on Aug. 25, 2014

    a lovely story of saving tadpoles with lots of faeries
  • Goodies For Grandmother on Aug. 25, 2014

    a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with a brownie instead of the wolf!
  • Thistle The Fairy Trickster on Aug. 25, 2014

    Cry wolf with faeries... what else can you ask for?
  • Wyrd Worlds II on Sep. 27, 2014

    Since I'm one of the participating authors, I rated the single stories, summed the stars I gave and divided them by 18 (didn't count my own story, of course) to have an overall rating. My five stars stories are: Humanity was delicious My last day Rock of Ages Quest for the purple pumkin At the bottom of the lake Changing everything All very different ranging from humor to drama, children to adult. Well done, fellow Wyrd Worlders!
  • Strange Portals - Ink Slingers' Fantasy/Horror Anthology on Dec. 15, 2014

    I have two stories in this anthology, so I didn't count them. I rated the single stories and half of them are five stars! :) The other half takes down the count, and that's why the whole anthology has only 4... Great job, fellow inkslingers!
  • When the Lights Go Out - Ink Slingers' Halloween Anthology on Oct. 08, 2015

    I gave star ratings to each story, then divided the total by 24 (excluding my story, of course). The favorite stories are: Midnight Summons, Loving Reflections, The Blue Die, Behind the Door, Legends and Lies, Reapers, Beldren and Through the Willow Tree! Way to go, fellow authors!
  • Fangs & Fun on Sep. 22, 2016

    quick, short and fun. I might not be familiar with Mr. Harvey's work, but I'm a fan of Miss Naylor and it was great seeing her vampires guest-star in this book!
  • Eadweard - A Story Of 1066 on Nov. 01, 2016

    a good retelling of the battle from the point of view of a young, very young Saxon soldier at his first battle.
  • The Battles Of Hastings on Nov. 02, 2016

    a time travel and alternative version of the well-known battle - maybe with a twist? An entertaining and funny adventure of Catastrophe Jane!
  • They Marvel at the Star on Nov. 10, 2016

    An interesting retelling of the Battle.
  • Dead Money on Nov. 27, 2016

    a great poker thriller
  • Zeena And The Dryad on Dec. 01, 2018

    a lovely fairy tale for adults and children alike.
  • Zeena And The Gryphon on Dec. 04, 2018

    And the saga for adults and children continues... Remember your spirit and never forget the Spirit Faery ever again!
  • Zeena And The Mermaid on Dec. 04, 2018

    The saga continues. Mermaids, sharks and faery dragons, what's not to love?
  • Zeena And The Phoenix on Dec. 06, 2018

    and the saga ends with a bang. I'll miss these characters!
  • Voyage Of The Crimson Sail on Nov. 12, 2019

    a quick and entertaining read with the villain rightly punished! :)
  • Facing the Mirror (Guardians of the Pattern, Book 0) on Nov. 13, 2019

    short and disturbing view inside a new universe. I should probably check the rest!
  • Jelena on Dec. 20, 2021

    A bittersweet story for people who still believe in the magic of nature