Jess C Scott

Biography

Jess is a writer who's moved on to better things.

She thanks her (loyal!) readers for appreciating her writing over the years.

She continues to write lots of non-fiction these days. And yes, she still blogs in a range of different specialties.

Jess was a participating author in the 2012 Singapore Writers Festival, and has been called “bold, daring, and always original” by The Arts House.

Smashwords Interview

Where did the idea for your psych thriller, The Wilde Trilogy, come from?
I have had a long time interest in taboo topics and dark subject matter. For some reason, I feel compelled to explore the darker side of the human psyche. It’s not that I’m a completely cynical or pessimistic person. But I do understand what Freud meant when he said he was "only interested in the basement of the human being."
How did you go from writing erotic fiction to crime fiction?
I initially wrote erotic fiction (or "contemporary fiction with erotic elements"), some of which were taboo-themed. Some of those books got banned. I was informed that taboo themes in "mainstream fiction" was a more acceptable thing. I thought I'd try out crime fiction since I've always loved crime dramas, murder mysteries, and films in the psychological thriller genre. I am endlessly interested in motivations and sources.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jess C Scott online

Series

Wilde Twins
Playmates
Price: $3.99 USD.
Bedmates
Price: $3.99 USD.
Soulmates
Price: $3.99 USD.

Books

Owned
Price: Free! Words: 14,520. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Passion. Murder. Bloodlust. Among these nefarious stories, siblings strengthen their bond by plotting against their aggressor; an animal lover seeks revenge; and a psychiatrist gets what's coming to him when he abuses the trust of a jaded client. These stories take readers straight to the scene of the crime, exploring just how and why people are driven over the edge--and driven to kill.
Wilde Twins: Trilogy (Box Set)
Series: Wilde Twins, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 177,590. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
A psychological thriller about a brother sister serial killing team--and their slow descent into amoral mayhem. Follow The Wilde Twins in a twisted tale of love and loyalty. Playmates, Bedmates, Soulmates (Box Set; Books 1-3).
Soulmates
Series: Wilde Twins, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,080. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
As young adults, Tania and Trevor attempt a fresh start in terms of paying their debts to society. When the siblings both find themselves in unfulfilling marriages, they become increasingly drawn to each other for comfort and solace. The profound evil from their past is back to haunt them with a chilling reminder: *You can get away with this, again...*
Bedmates
Series: Wilde Twins, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,870. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
As teenagers, the siblings pursue random hookup romances in an effort to distract themselves from two things: their propensity for murder, and the burgeoning sexual tension between them. What begins as harmless flirtation soon turns into jealousy and ruthless competition in a wild game of sibling rivalry, as Tania and Trevor seek to prove their undying love and loyalty to each other.
Playmates
Series: Wilde Twins, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,130. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Book #1 in The Wilde Twins: a psychological thriller about an "evil twins" serial killing team--and their slow descent into amoral mayhem.
My Inner Goddess (Fifty Shades Parody)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,160. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(5.00 from 1 review)
Cool, cunning, and amusing, My Inner Goddess is a devious satire that explores how far we're willing to go to answer the question: "Can love really conquer all?" * * * A Fifty Shades of Grey Parody, by Jess C Scott. 51,000 words (novel).
Teen Guide: A Little Bit More...
Price: Free! Words: 15,840. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sex & culture, Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sexual health
In this promotional eBook, Matt Posner and Jess C Scott answer a selection of additional questions from readers (upon publication of the original Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships). Includes a Q&A on good girls, bad girls, soul mates, true love, and a short essay on Fifty Shades of Grey.
Self (Seven Heavenly Virtues Anthology)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,520. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
A short story collection which links personal spiritual growth to each of the seven virtues. Covers the seven virtues of chastity, temperance, diligence, kindness, charity, patience, humility. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 52,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Touched (Virtue: Chastity)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,830. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
A group of friends find out how much they really have in common, the closer they get to temptation. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 6,700 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
See-Saw (Virtue: Temperance)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,550. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
A teen unexpectedly discovers the drive that fuels her addiction to supernatural romance novels. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 8,200 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Hit the Floor (Virtue: Diligence)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,650. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
A struggling entrepreneur turns a disaster into an opportunity to put his true vision in action. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 8,600 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Heart 2 Heart (Virtue: Kindness)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
Sibling rivalry ensues between a pair of singer-entertainers with completely different outlooks on life. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 6,900 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Masquerade (Virtue: Charity)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,580. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
All's fine until churchgoers start to doubt the "most giving, most generous" one amongst them. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 6,500 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
13:4 (Virtue: Patience)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,540. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
Despite painful separations, a couple learns of love's endurance, the more time and space they allow for it to grow. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 7,700 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Spiral (Virtue: Humility)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,790. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
An upper middle-class family must come to terms with whether upholding tradition overrides the pursuit of happiness. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 6,600 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Naked Heat: Walkthrough
Price: Free! Words: 7,290. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Educational, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Naked Heat Anthology by Jess C Scott is a collection of incubus and succubus stories. Naked Heat: Walkthrough is a freebie mini compilation. In this promotional eBook, Jess talks about the themes and inspirations behind her incubus/succubus themed project. GENRE: Education (Reference / Commentary) * * * LENGTH: 5,500 Words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott
Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,010. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sexual health, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Dating & Sex
(5.00 from 1 review)
Teen Guide answers the important and confusing questions young people have about their bodies and their hearts. It's an advice book from two authors who care about young people and want to help them with tough questions about love, sex and relationships. Genre: Teen Health/Sexuality | 75,000 Words * * * Co-authored by Matt Posner and Jess C Scott.
Zombie Mania: A Parody
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,600. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Summary: A family of zombies struggle to stay alive when they roam the earth on a freak Friday the 13th. A "Zombie Apocalypse" Parody. * * * For fans of South Park, MAD Magazine, The Simpsons, and DListed. * * * 5,700 Words | Short Story * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Instantaneous (In)sanity: A Collection of 500 (pseudo-)haiku
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,090. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Japanese Poetry
Featuring 500 haiku from the personal collection of author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Jess's style of (pseudo-)haiku more or less follows three major principles of minimalism, immediacy and human insight.
Kylie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,910. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Summary: Kylie, a cougar succubus, gets involved in a complicated love quadrangle, where delirium and violent passions fuel unbridled killer instincts. * * * 28,000 words. Part of the Naked Heat anthology. * * * Recommended for readers seeking something different in the "paranormal" genre. * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Real Love Versus Romance
Price: Free! Words: 5,830. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Essay » Literature
A 4500-word mini collection of (informal) essays on commercialism’s de-spiritualizing effects on society, by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Genre: Essays | 4,500 words ***** Note from Jess: This is a mini collection of short essays on arts, culture, society, and my resistance towards commodity production and 100%-commercialization.
Skins (flash fiction mini collection)
Price: Free! Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
Summary: A 5000-word mini collection for animal lovers by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. She will work at developing more stories with the subject of "animal rights" in mind. * * * Genre: Flash Fiction | 5,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Piety (Dragon poems, mini collection)
Price: Free! Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Summary: A 1000-word dragon-themed mini poetry collection by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. "Piety" is the prototype for Jess’s London Underground Trilogy (forthcoming dragon-themed urban fantasy series; 2012). * * * Genre: Poetry | 1,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Evolution
Price: Free! Words: 14,940. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A compact compilation of stories by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Evolution showcases Jess’s penchant for working in various genres and formats--read with caution.
The Other Side of Life (Book #1, Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,610. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate, Fiction » Children’s books » Dystopian
(4.14 from 7 reviews)
Summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation. * * * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Cyberpunk / YA with adult crossover appeal * * * Recommended for adults or young adults seeking cyberpunk themes (not hardcore sci-fi), and a love story (not fluffy romance). * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
The Boy Who Played with Fire (Part 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,820. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
The first of Jess C Scott’s dragon-themed stories. * * * Summary: A teenage hooligan with a penchant for playing with fire goes in search of a dragon, before stumbling upon the London Underground’s deadly secret. * * * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Action & Adventure / Fantasy & Magic. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
The Other Side of Life (Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy, Book 1, Pre-Final Version)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,440. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Book 1 (Pre-Final Version), the first of Jess C Scott’s Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy. * * * Summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation. * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Elf Punk / Cyberpunk. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
My Chance Encounter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,630. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Summary: Simon encounters a female apparition--who has a thing...for him. * * * 'My Chance Encounter' is a flash fiction piece, which features in Jess's short story collection, Diva, and her writing/illustrating portfolio, Porcelain. * * * Author Bio: Jess identifies herself as an author/artist/non-conformist (and is an English/Business senior at Adams State College).
Trouble
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,610. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2010. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
A poetry collection by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. "Trouble" showcases Jess’s penchant for “bending the rules”—read with caution. * * * Most of Trouble features in Jess's writing/illustrating portfolio, Porcelain. Trouble focuses on poetry, only.
The Intern (Sins07 Seven Deadly Sins, Book 1)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,180. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Dating & Sex, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Adolescence
A 17-year-old intern must choose between trusting an irresistibly suave dance instructor—or her instincts * * * Book #1 in Jess C Scott’s SINS07 "seven deadly sins" series. A "Reviewer Top Pick" at Night Owl Reviews (Dec 2011)! * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Business Plan: Building Brand Identity (An Indie Author's Advertising Plan)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 9,950. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business & entrepreneurship, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Publishing business
Contemporary writer Jess C Scott’s 35-page business/advertising plan, on establishing brand identity. This plan also shows the opportunities that independent publishing offers, which traditional publishing does not. Jess is currently an English/Business senior at Adams State College; this 35-page plan was submitted as the final project for an upper division business module.
Porcelain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,370. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
A collection of both new and previously published short stories, poems, and essays, by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Porcelain offers a personal draft of the author’s navigation through a world that is fantastical, offbeat, ironic, unexpected, and true.
EyeLeash: A Blog Novel (teenage memoir)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,700. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Coming of age
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
Jade Ashton is a sassy virgin. In her blog, she vents about "fitting in" a superficial world. Suddenly all logic flies out the window when she meets Novan: the former geek, who's morphed into a delicious songwriter-musician. EyeLeash captures self-discovery in the 2000s, and showcases the intricate drama in two youths' relentless search for themselves--and what's really in their hearts.

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Jess C Scott's favorite authors on Smashwords

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Smashwords book reviews by Jess C Scott

  • Hunted (Book 1 of Hunted) on June 27, 2010

    [Well-written fiction by a well-read author] The summary of The Hunted of 2060 begins with: "Set in Alaska in 2060, when April enters her Sophomore year at University..."--I was immediately drawn into the world and setting that the author so deftly and effortlessly creates, in this futuristic novel. I really liked the part about the electrical newspapers "beam[ing] in and out against the shop walls" displaying current events, ha ha! In the chapter entitled 'Siblings' (Page 16), there's one line that reads, "complex themes [are] interwoven into relatable story lines"--the main character is referring to the subject of English Literature, throughout the paragraph where this sentence appears. I think the universal themes mentioned in this section echo the main themes of Ms. Blackwelder's novel--kinda like how the pastor's sermon in Moby-Dick reflects some of the main themes in the entire book. This is how it should be done, as compared to certain blockbuster mainstream books, where names of classic books seemed to be dropped for no reason other than to create an added sense of melodrama and/or to make the main character seem 'smart'. I thought this was a well-written piece of fiction (which veered to "realistic fiction" very often), with well-crafted characters and a strongly developed setting--by an experienced, well-read author.
  • Celtic Evil A Fitzgerald Brothers Novel: Ian on June 30, 2010

    I really enjoyed the style of scene breaks in this dark fantasy novel. I thought the “scene settings” stated in bold (to mark a change of setting), added to the excitement and pace of the story. This technique enables the story to cover a lot of ground (quickly—personally, I’ve never been a fan of extremely long, rambling detailed descriptions of “the setting”), and creates a more ‘expansive’ feel to the geographical scope of the story. On a side note, these scene breaks remind me of certain scene break sections in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, heh. Back to Celtic Evil. For example (re: the scene breaks): Fitzgaren, County Kerry, Ireland, four days later: (Chapter 2) Trinity University, Ian Fitzgerald’s dorm: Dublin, Ireland: (Chapter 7) Avebury, Great Britain: (Chapter 24) There’s a skilful blend of modern-day and fantasy elements too, without a sense of the author “trying too hard” with the creation/execution of the story. The characters are relatable, and the relationship of the brothers showcases the strength of family ties (something which might be in short supply, the more technologically advanced the human species gets). I also enjoyed the ease and comfort the author has with writing about subjects/content that are related to magic/witchcraft—these vivid scenes enliven the interactions between the characters. I look forward to trying some of this author’s other books (like S.E.A.L. Team Omega, that falls into the adventure genre!).
  • Gas For Grass on Aug. 27, 2010

    I have not read a lot of "Bizarro Fiction," but I think this story fits the genre aptly (where weirdness is the defining trait!). I haven't really been a long-time horror fan, but I've been gaining more interest in the genre (on the film side, I'd rather watch a well-produced action/horror flick, than a rom com, possibly 90% of the time!). I didn't really fancy that the neighbor in the story was a dike--I felt this didn't really contribute to the story. Well, maybe it did in some ways, but I've always been very kind to the GLBT community...and maybe I'm reading too much into things too. I guess I'll have no issues if one views this aspect as being part of what drives the narrator's rage (in the context for this story). Apart from that, I liked the story's flow (the run-on sentences work well and unpretentiously / the writing is tight too), and I think Mr. Poe Speicher did a slick job with taking the reader through the mind of one driven by pure RAGE (all caps for the emphasis).
  • Closing My Eyes Helps Me To See Clearly on Aug. 27, 2010

    I enjoyed being led through the story, paragraph by paragraph...the author certainly has a skill with imagery. Personally, I don't really dig it if/when a writer starts to get a little (or not) bit "over the top" with descriptions--"and she was filled with an inner darkness, black and dark as an oil slick" (from a recently published YA novel--won't say which!)--Mr. Speicher's descriptions are more lyrical. He has an understanding of what good poetry is (most Poe fans do, while those who detest Poe usually don't--c'mon, Edgar Allan Poe's THE MAN, admit it *insert smiley face*). P.S. Visually (if this were to be translated onto a screen), it could potentially be something very "eerily other-worldly" to view/experience (and I don't mean "other-worldly" in the paranormal-creatures sense--this is something greater/that covers more scope than a genre category).
  • Escaping Innocence (A Story of Awakening) on Aug. 17, 2011

    The scenes in Escaping Innocence were portrayed very realistically, which is something I appreciate greatly in a coming-of-age novel. I felt for the character at the end (I don't want to go overboard with any "spoilers"!) -- that's something that won't happen, if I absolutely cannot stand a book. The story is viewed from the perspective of David Justin, and there is an honesty and naturalness with the way David's experiences are presented to the reader. I think a lot of care went into this book, to ensure its authenticity. The book captures the spirit of a young man's personal quest (and the spirit of the 60's setting!), in a voice that is tinged with both humor and a sense of familiarity (almost like you're hearing accounts and anecdotes from a long-lost friend). Chapter 42 (towards the end), I think, is one of the best chapters I've ever read (in terms of conciseness and a sense of closure). Without giving away too much of what happens, I'll just say that it wraps up the story in an incredibly cohesive way, that's colored by strong emotional undertones which offer depth and insight to all that David has gone through. And while the first two opening paragraphs of the first chapter featured a little too many metaphorical descriptions for me, I guess it's part of the character's voice (and context--read the 5th paragraph of Chapter 1 to understand!). I'm used to reading classic/literary works, which can make my sentiments a bit more...persnickety ;)
  • Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3) on Oct. 14, 2011
    (no rating)
    Very creative (thank God because creativity is something that's sorely lacking in our over-commercialized world). One thing I enjoyed very early on was/is the multicultural/international/global flair throughout the poems. I like/appreciate the mention of astrology/the stars in "The Sweet Starry Night Dreams of the Dragonflies" also (a layered/structured/thought-provoking piece I'll slowly read, and not rush through tonight). I enjoy taking my time when it comes to reading poetry, as I'm doing with this collection right now :) Greetings from www.Dragonsinn.net :)!
  • Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3) on Oct. 14, 2011

    Very creative (thank God because creativity is something that's sorely lacking in our over-commercialized world). One thing I enjoyed very early on was/is the multicultural/international/global flair throughout the poems. I like/appreciate the mention of astrology/the stars in "The Sweet Starry Night Dreams of the Dragonflies" also (a layered/structured/thought-provoking piece I'll slowly read, and not rush through tonight). I enjoy taking my time when it comes to reading poetry, as I'm doing with this collection right now :) Greetings from www.Dragonsinn.net! :)
  • Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3) on Oct. 14, 2011
    (no rating)
    Very creative (thank God because creativity is something that's sorely lacking in our over-commercialized world). One thing I enjoyed very early on was/is the multicultural/international/global flair throughout the poems. I like/appreciate the mention of astrology/the stars in "The Sweet Starry Night Dreams of the Dragonflies" also (a layered/structured/thought-provoking piece I'll slowly read, and not rush through tonight). I enjoy taking my time when it comes to reading poetry, as I'm doing with this collection right now :) Greetings from www.Dragonsinn.net! :)
  • BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology on Nov. 03, 2011

    A refreshing and concise anthology--I enjoy "variety" in both life and literature, and I enjoy anthologies such as this one because of the diversity offered. This introduces the reader to different genres and narratives styles, something which I greatly appreciate. Commercial mainstream fiction tends to be more homogenous than original/innovative, which is why anthologies such as this are great to introduce new readers to a range of independent writers/authors. In the independent scene, a writer can maintain creative control over their work (without altering it so that it suits a certain "commercial category" better). In this anthology, you'll get suspense; an introspective/engaging story involving a lost love and a lost earring; a story told entirely in dialogue; an insightful story reminiscent of the film "Country Strong"; a fantasy story about wizards and spells; and more. All for the price of FREE too--so set aside some time, download a copy, and see what gems you discover for yourself ;)
  • BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology Volume 2 on Nov. 04, 2011

    A refreshing and concise anthology--I enjoy "variety" in both life and literature, and I enjoy anthologies such as this one because of the diversity offered. I'm familiar with the work of some of the writers featured in this anthology. It's so nice to see versatility and a love for writing (and respect for the craft) being given the priority over homogeneity (which is what the mainstream commercial traditional publishing industry encourages, fosters, and promotes, in the name of reaping profit$ from book$ with built-in audience$). This anthology features tight writing and each author's style is given the freedom to shine. One of the things I liked most about all the stories is that they all show a genuine care for character development, which is refreshing (a lot of commercial fiction tends to be heavily plot-driven, with less emphasis on depth and insight). This is partly why I now spend more time reading classic books and indie works (more so than the formulaic fluff the commercial publishing industry has settled to offering). I understand my review sways more towards a personal than objective tone (at points)--for me, reading is a rather "personal affair." I have a low tolerance for creative work that isn't somehow original and/or innovative, that doesn't bring anything new or of value to me as a reader, so I appreciate it greatly when I do find something that's non-cookie-cutter ;) P.S. Be sure to also check out Bestseller Bound Anthology Volume 1.
  • The Same Moon on May 13, 2014

    This is a beautifully-written book by a highly literate author who has a respect for the written word. No gimmicks, no hype, nothing that's cheap about the all-important subject of coming of age...how refreshing! Reading the chapter titles alone is stimulating, because you get a glimpse of the structure of the book without being told the exact details (which of course, entices you to want to see how the story plays outs). The realism of the book draws the reader in effortlessly. The journey is epic and dramatic without being formulaic or repetitious. There are many poignant lines throughout the content too, which give the book added depth and insight. I think the following line (from one of the chapters in The Same Moon) describes the book very well: "Life was no film set, and there was no script." I particularly enjoyed Chapter Five: The Courtship for its unabashed view on "the dating game." As someone who enjoys culture and travelling, this book was certainly a treat. The strength of books like these is that they remind discerning readers how literature is differentiated from the film medium. While the latter tends to be more impressive in terms of 'visuals', good literature is intimate because it engages the reader through a one-on-one experience. That is one of the things I enjoy the most about reading, which The Same Moon delivers.