“Makes a living by travelling, talking a lot and sometimes writing stuff down. Galericulate author, polymath and occasional smarty-pants.”
John Dolan hails from a small town in the North-East of England. Before turning to writing, his career encompassed law and finance. He has run businesses in Europe, South and Central America, Africa and Asia. He and his wife Fiona currently divide their time between the UK and Thailand.
A darkly humorous short story of obsession and red tape. Once you've met Jim Fosse you'll never feel quite the same about opening your e-mails ...
WARNING: Contains sexual references and some really bad grammar.
The Run (The Running Suspense Collection #1)
on Sep. 02, 2012
A gripping short tale which will keep you engrossed to the end: how an ordinary day can turn into a living nightmare. I defy you to put it down once you've started reading! Highly recommended.
on Sep. 26, 2012
Diane Strong's 'Newspaper Bundle' is a collection of charming vignettes which often bring an unexpected smile to the lips. She writes in a fluid, engaging style and one which creates a feeling of intimacy with the author; a sense that you are privy to her thoughts and feelings. I went through the book in one sitting and was consequently late for work. It was worth it.
"Newspaper Bundle' is a great introduction to Strong's writing, which has deepened with her 'Running Suspense' series.
The Beginning (Whispering Pines Book 1)
on Oct. 06, 2012
“The Beginning” opens with one of the best first chapters I have read in a long while. I found myself thinking: first five minutes of James Bond movie.
The story itself is very visual and evocative, and the characters deftly drawn. There is a dizzy mix of action, mystery, murder and psychic voodoo playing out against the background noise of family skeletons rattling loudly in the closet. You root for the good guys and hiss loudly at the bad guys. The action comes thick and fast and I found myself staying up until 1.30am to finish the book. Impossible to leave it alone for long once you’ve reached the mid-point - wife, kids or work notwithstanding.
I did find some formatting/typing issues in the text which a little more time in editing could have smoothed out, and (being a cynical Brit) would have liked to cut out some of the more homespun American dialogue. I found myself wanting to get back to the action – of which there is a lot!
“The Beginning” is the first in Charles Wells’ mystery/thriller series “Whispering Pines”. Will I be reading the next in the series? As you US-types might say, “You betcha!”
Old Mr Bitterman: Criminally Insane
on Jan. 29, 2013
This is a nicely put-together portrait of a curmudgeonly killer. More of an extended character sketch than a story per se, I enjoyed the unfussiness and slick style of Frick's writing. I look forward to reading a longer work from him.
on Feb. 05, 2013
I was genuinely surprised by this short story by Kayla Stonor.
Instead of the liturgy of leather, chiseled chests, heaving bosoms and seismic orgasms I had been expecting, I was instead presented with an artful psychological portrait of a marriage where one of the partners has a hankering to experiment with sexual domination. Brilliantly executed!
This is a short introduction to Ms Stonor’s writing – of which on this showing I shall be reading more.
Under By Duress
on Feb. 05, 2013
Having read the author’s short story ‘Horizon’, I was interested to see how Ms Stonor would perform at a novella. I was not disappointed.
Although some readers may be squeamish at a piece whose central theme is the sexual submission of an alpha male, I should like to venture that the central kernel of the story – how a damaged woman turns the tables on a strong man – would survive without the erotic content. The psychological motivations of the novella’s characters are carefully handled to bring credibility to the storyline. Ms Stonor’s writing is tight and polished and authentically ‘American’ (it is set in the USA), despite the author being British.
If you have not previously sampled erotic literature and feel you would like to, ‘Under by Duress’ would be a good place to start.