Contemporary, Romance

Pen and Zander by Laekan Zea Kemp

This is not a romance. It is a love story. Pen is eighteen and works in her father’s Mexican restaurant. She loves the work and baking - improving recipes and delicious desserts. She lives for that restaurant, but her parents want her to become a nurse, like her mother. The thought leaves her cold; she… Continue reading Pen and Zander by Laekan Zea Kemp

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Adventure, Apocalyptic

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

The first time she needs a name, she uses Karen. After all, she has a friend named Karen. Well, she used to. All her friends are gone, co-workers, Jack - all gone. Alone, but for how long? The epidemic has basically killed the world. Few men survive, fewer women and no children. Karen fears that… Continue reading The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

Action, Apocalyptic

The Dead Walk the Earth by Luke Duffy

Yes, I have another zombie review, although I don’t think the word “zombie” is mentioned. This is the story of a team of British military men who are unacknowledged by their government nor anyone else. While they are quite handy for off-the-books operations, that means they are on their own when the job goes wrong.… Continue reading The Dead Walk the Earth by Luke Duffy

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Holtur Curse by Cameron Wayne Smith

What a fantastic story. The action never stops and there isn’t a dull moment. The good guy - or good woman in this case - is completely likeable without the author portraying her as perfect. As for the villains, I couldn’t help but think, “Will this guy ever die?!”, making for an engrossing read. Sonja… Continue reading The Holtur Curse by Cameron Wayne Smith

Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Steampunk

Bodacious Creed: A Steampunk Zombie Western by Jonathan Fesmire

Yes, I’ve heard of steampunk and every time I wonder, “Just what does that mean?” So, I looked it up and I’m glad that I did. “Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology of aesthetic designs inspired by 19th century steam-powered machinery.” Thank you, Wikipedia. Armed with that knowledge,… Continue reading Bodacious Creed: A Steampunk Zombie Western by Jonathan Fesmire

Action, Dystopian

Carbon Run by J.G. Follansbee

Carbon Run is a mind-catching story. Set in a futuristic, dystopian society, the characters not only deal with poverty, but also an aggressive department of the government named the Bureau of Environmental Security. Usually referred to as the BES, their unlikable employees are often called the Bessies, and are arrogant, judgmental, and unrelenting people. Their… Continue reading Carbon Run by J.G. Follansbee

Featured Author

Featured Author: Robert Gately

Robert Gately was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but grew up on Long Island, New York as a Red Sox fan, a character building experience as he remembers. He served in the US Navy for four years and had a career with AT&T for 27. He grew up loving movies and he includes in his life… Continue reading Featured Author: Robert Gately

Mystery

White Water, Black Death by Shaun Ebelthite

At first, I was convinced right along with the characters that there is a terrorist attack on the cruise ship, the Symphony. It opens with a janitor and it is obvious that he is unwell, especially when he vomits into his mop bucket and then continues cleaning. It’s very  curious, not to mention beyond disgusting,… Continue reading White Water, Black Death by Shaun Ebelthite

Dystopian

The Rain Never Came by Lachlan Walter

This is an interesting story. At first I had difficulty with the slow pace, but soon it seemed natural to the time, place, and the depth of despair and pain the people endure and exude. Even their surroundings - dust, dead vegetation, no living animals except for the occasional bird - drag them down. Bill… Continue reading The Rain Never Came by Lachlan Walter

Science Fiction

Fortune’s Rising by Sara King

This book is about those who have and those who don’t. The native population of this planet are enslaved. The conquerors are basically a military society. Those that live in slave camps are forced to work in caverns collecting eggs from strange blobs called Shriekers. The eggs, once processed, have the ability to give a… Continue reading Fortune’s Rising by Sara King