Heather Payer-Smith


Heather is an author/illustrator/graphic designer. She began writing her first book, "The Nameless World," in 2005 and since has published three of her own books and has illustrated three other books published by Lily Ruth Publishing.

Originally from Northwest Pennsylvania, Heather currently resides in Kilgore, Texas with her husband, Derek and their beloved pets. She enjoys working full-time as a graphic designer for an advertising agency.

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Book Trailer: "The Nameless World"
While trying to escape the persistent class bully, Noah discovers several mysterious, metallic puzzle pieces lying on the ground. Beside them are the glasses of his missing science teacher and mentor, Mr. Porter. As Noah fits the pieces together he disappears through a portal into a mystifying world filled with creatures and adventures beyond all imagination.


A New Battle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,080. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Book 2 in The Nameless World Series: Join the adventure with Noah, Grelgor and a new band of misfit friends as Noah returns to the nameless world to face... "A New Battle"
Growing Up Mabel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,450. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Growing up is the last thing on Mabel’s mind. It’s summer-time and once daily chores are out of the way, Mabel cares only about what trouble she can get into next... Join 12-year-old Mabel through the summer that takes her from being a mischievous little girl, to a young lady as she learns about life’s responsibilities and what it means to grow up.
The Little Green Umbrella
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
What good is a little green umbrella with a hole? That’s exactly what Annabel wonders when her mother insists she take it to school with her, just in case it rains. At first she complains, but Annabel soon learns that even an umbrella with a hole can keep those in need safe and dry.
Ryan's Bike
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Ryan loves bikes – it’s all he ever thinks about. Ryan also has Cerebral Palsy and will never be able to ride a bike of his own... or will he?
The Nameless World
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,810. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
While trying to escape the persistent class bully, Noah discovers several mysterious, metallic puzzle pieces lying on the ground. Beside them are the glasses of his missing science teacher and mentor, Mr. Porter. As Noah fits the pieces together he disappears through a portal into a mystifying world filled with creatures and adventures beyond all imagination.

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Smashwords book reviews by Heather Payer-Smith

  • Evil UnLtd: The Root Of All Evil on March 16, 2012

    Evil at it’s best… Dexter Snide, Evil Entrepreneur, brings a whole new meaning to the terms “genius” and “villain” in Simon Forward’s laugh-out-loud sci-fi farce, EVIL UNLTD: Vol 1: The Root of All Evil. With a new spin on the “value” of evil, super-villain extraordinaire, Dexter Snide, has crafted the perfect plan to take over the universe and make millions by cashing in on Evil itself! With the assistance of his hand picked crew of truly wicked side-kicks, Dexter sets his plan in motion. But even for the craftiest of super-villains with the most fool-proof of plans, success does not always come easy. The minds and muscle (oh yes, and robot and monstrous hatchling) behind Evil Unltd must face the forces of good… and lesser evil… that threaten to stand in the way of the ultimate prize. Beefcake (and essentially indestructible) action hero Rolph Stengun plagues Dexter and his crew from start to finish as they progress through Dexter’s master plan. One disaster after another, it seems that Dexter’s evil plot may not come to full fruition - but let that be a lesson to puny minds everywhere… there is no thwarting an evil genius like Dexter Snide, who rolls with the punches (literally at times) and stops at nothing to bring Evil Unltd to each and every home in the Universe! Author, Simon Forward, has a remarkable way with words, putting threads of descriptors together that spin a silky web of impeccable detail that will both amaze and stimulate the imagination. Excerpt from the book: Ferret stared with wider eyes than any fuller-lash mascara could have afforded him. The undeniably imposing bulk of the Hatchling was framed by the circular maw of the beast thundering towards them. That gaping crater-like mouth was rimmed with contra-rotating arrays of scythe-like teeth. It was a giant, dentally-empowered steel worm. It’s not only the brilliant use of description that keep the reader’s attention. Forward has a well-developed sense of humor and does not shy away from keeping the tone of the book light-hearted to down right hysterical, even during the most absurd encounters. Clever word-play and the occasional well-placed pun will leave your cheeks sore from smiling. It truly is the charm of the entire Evil Unltd concept. The only “complaint” I have about this book (and it’s a mild one at that) is that there are a handful of instances where a scene seems to drag on with a little too much (seemingly unnecessary) detail or character thoughts, but these passages are few and far between. Forward quickly regains the pace of the book with the next sweep of action and those temporary lags are soon forgotten. That being said, I highly recommend this carefully-crafted, clever and imaginative saga to anyone who loves a good laugh and especially to those who have an appreciation of sci-fi/action/comedy genius. Well played, Simon Forward. Well played. *Fair warning to readers, this is an adult book and there is some mild use of language and a few sexual allusions, but hardly anything that would shock or offend in this day and age of “adult content” standards.
  • Sonoran Dreams: Three short stories from exile on June 20, 2012

    I find myself once again enamored by the fluid imagination of Author, Robb Grindstaff. Tales rich with detail and emotion unfold in this brilliant collection of shorts. “Sonoran Dreams” offers readers three very different stories that all have one common element - a haunting plot that develops in the setting of the Sonoran Desert. Though each story is but a handful of pages, through carefully crafted plot points and precise detail, each story encompasses all the elements and intrigue of a full-length novel. Desert Rain: Grindstaff delves into the depths of darkness in this story about a woman (Cordelia) who awaits the arrival of a life-long haunt; a being who betrothed her at a birth and is determined to consummate their union… no matter how many times she kills him. Despite the horrific plot, it reads with poetic perfection as readers experience every terrifying moment, in gruesome detail, in which Cordelia must face her unwanted suitor. Desert Walk: When the recession robs Denny of everything he had, his home, his car, his wife… and threatens to destroy his business, a moment of self-reflection sends him on a pilgrimage through the desert to rediscover himself as he tries to find Hope. This tale of rising up from “rock bottom” offers a unique and clever dual perspective as readers struggle with Denny through his trials in the desert and suffer with his wife who is desperately trying to find him. Desert Nights: The third and final tale in the “Sonora Dreams” collection takes readers to a late night party with a group of restless teens who often gather under the power lines in the desert to pay homage to a friend they lost in their youth. When alcohol and loud music can’t hold their interest, the introduction of a gun to the party creates another unexpected tragedy for the group of friends. What makes this collection of stories truly unique and enjoyable is the variation of flavor Grindstaff offers readers not only in the plot and themes, but in how he reveals each tale: pushing readers into the vivid, sensory-filled experiences of Cordelia in Desert Rain; interchanging points-of-view while pulling from past and present events in Desert Walk; creating a compelling set of characters (that truly have such enormous depth, even though we only get to spend one brief night with them) through which the story comes to life… Grindstaff shows a multidimensional art in his writing ability - the mark of a very skilled story-teller with a remarkably unique voice. I hope this is just a sampling of more short story collections to come from Robb Grindstaff.