In my forty something years I have generated a very broad set of experiences and interests, but through it all, I have always read. It seems that at times it is harder to find books that enthrall me, although admittedly I am behind on my reading, so I decided to start writing the kind of stories I'd want to read.
I have always had stories in my head, they intrude at the strangest times. At some point, I discovered that when I took the time to write them down, more stories kept pouring out. There are so many ideas I have, it seems like there won't be enough time to get to them all. I'm starting with one story, in one particular style. But other stories, in different styles are coming. Stay tuned.
My goal in writing is above all to entertain.
Thank you in advance for giving me that opportunity.
Waking, hospitalized with amnesia during World War I, "John Smith" quickly realizes he is not like other men. John can travel to parallel worlds, seemingly through the power of his own mind.
In this first serial, he not only learns of his power when it is triggered in the stress of combat, but visits an Earth still trapped in an ice age.
Tristan of Dintagell (First of Two)
on Jan. 05, 2009
This is the kind of book I have been looking for since I joined, an articulate, well written yet entertaining novel. 50% was available for free perusing, but Leah's style of writing meshed so well with the way I read that I knew within the first several pages that I would enjoy the book.
My only gripe is that she posted the appendix for free. Now I'll have to go read that before finishing her two parts of this novel so that I may have a slight chance at pronouncing the Celtic words right, in my head at least.
Thank you for posting your book here for me to find.
Sweet as Honey - Romance Short Story
on May 21, 2009
Interesting short. The dialog was smoothly written except for a few minor typos. Kept me reading, and with just enough detail around the characters to paint a good picture.
A bit of a pat ending, but worth a read.
101 Degrees Fahrenheit
on July 20, 2009
I usually don't read this kind of story, but I had to see what the single most downloaded piece of fiction at Smashwords was all about. A captivating read.
on July 24, 2009
I originally reviewed this as part of a set of stories in Pure Escapism, Volume One. I thought I'd repost my review here, in a slightly edited format for anyone who missed it.
I just finsished reading "The Pit," the first story in the set. The author fully delivers on his promise of escapism, but if anything underestimates the quality of his writing. I decided to review each piece separately as I read them, because after starting the second, I realized that the author is able to seamlessley write in different styles and I want to digest each story individually. Well worth a read, and I hope more is forthcoming soon.
This short serves as a nice introduction not only to an apparently bronze-age mythologically based world of the author's creation, but also of a race of Minotaur-like creatures who do far more than lurk in underground mazes waiting for helpless virgins to be delivered to them.
Smashwords Style Guide
on Aug. 01, 2009
After seeing the results of some books here that were not formatted using this guide, I am glad that I read this simple yet indispensible guide and use it for everything I have published so far.
Underestimate the importance of this guide and it's instructions at your peril. OK, maybe not peril, but do what it says, please!
Ghost Of The Black: A 'Verse Full Of Scum
on Oct. 19, 2009
I really liked how the futuristic setting took a back seat to the almost crime-noir story and character. It was like Micky Spillaine meets Bladerunner. I could actually go back and read some old hard-boiled detective fiction after this, but I'd have a feeling that this would still be more fun!
A couple of places the author slipped into present tense language in the narration, and it took me a little out of the story, but only a little. This was a fun read and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for such.
The Merchant's Legacy
on Oct. 22, 2009
My favorite minotaur delivers once again! I've been wanting to read more about Nhaquosa since he first escaped from the arena.
Nice gritty story with excellent descriptions and action.
Not recommended for those who believe that "violence never solves anything."
There Honour Lies
on Nov. 04, 2009
Slightly darker and definately more somber than other entries from the Pure Escapism series, this short story is a gritty yet poignant glimpse of a medieval battlefield and the cost of honor.
The Spice Rack
on April 15, 2010
Tightly written story. A bit bizarre, but fun to read. I didn't expect a normal conclusion, at least not much, so the ending was... Well, just read it.
The Emperor's Edge
on March 11, 2013
After opening several books on my e-reader, each in turn by popular authors, and being unable to find something that caught and held my interest, I opened Emperor's Edge and found an intriguing and entertaining read. Other reviewers have covered some of the weaknesses of the story... but the writing was so effortlessly done that I rarely found myself overanalyzing the characters and plot. It is simply an enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading more from the author.
(review of free book)